About this event

  • Date and time Thu 11 May 2023 from 6:00pm to 7:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Critical Care Medicine

This webinar brings together two expert speakers for a discussion on topics within cardiothoracic critical care.

The first speaker will discuss routine post-operative care of the cardiothoracic patient with an emphasis on the devices used following cardiothoracic surgery including Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs). The second speaker will discuss the basic management of patients after heart and lung transplantation. This webinar is invaluable to any members of the critical care team or those who may be involved in the post-operative management of patients who have undergone cardiothoracic surgery. 

The aim of this virtual meeting is to teach students, doctors and other healthcare professionals about the management of post-operative cardiothoracic surgical patients in the Critical Care Unit. Cardiothoracic Critical Care is a complex and challenging area of critical care. Attendees will learn from two experts in Cardiothoracic Critical Care about subjects including invasive monitoring and devices in the post-operative patient, and the management of patients following heart and lung transplantation.

We hope that attendees will gain an understanding of the patient journey through the Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit.

Benefits of attending

  • Understand the considerations for routine post-operative management of the cardiothoracic patient.
  • Gain an understanding of the physiology underpinning mechanical devices used post-operatively following Cardiothoracic Surgery in the critical care patient.
  • Enhance your understanding of the post-operative implications of heart and lung transplants. 


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Key speakers

Dr Sachin Mehta

Dr Sachin Mehta

Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist, Royal Brompton Hospitals and Harefield Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Sachin Mehta is a Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Consultant working at Harefield and Royal Brompton Hospitals (part of GSTT). He completed specialist training in London and Vancouver. His current research interests are mechanical circulatory support and regional anaesthesia for cardiothoracic surgery. His clinical interests include end-stage heart and lung failure, transplant, and echocardiography. He is the Departmental Lead for Journal Club and Simulation Teaching. 

Dr E Caroline Bullen

Dr E Caroline Bullen

Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Harefield Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Caroline Bullen studied medicine at Imperial College London and attained a BSc in cardiovascular sciences alongside her medical degree. She completed specialist training in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in London and went on to complete an international critical care fellowship in ECMO, echocardiography and transplantation at Toronto General Hospital.  During this time she co-authored several publications related to decision making for VV ECMO and cognitive outcomes after ECLS.

Dr Bullen undertook a further fellowship in cardiothoracic anaesthesia at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, during which she completed her echocardiography accreditation.  She is now a consultant in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at Harefield Hospital.  Her areas of interest include all forms of mechanical circulatory support, acute heart failure and transplantation. She is passionate about education, in particular as simulation lead for anaesthesia.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction
Critical care following heart and lung transplantation

Dr Sachin Mehta, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist, Royal Brompton Hospitals and Harefield Hospitals, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers
Post operative critical care for the cardiac surgical patient including mechanical support devices

Dr E Caroline Bullen, Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Harefield Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers
Close of meeting




Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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