Dexmedetomidine: Clinical advantages and practical applications


Friday 9 February 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Pain Medicine Section , Anaesthesia Section , Comparative Medicine Network


2 CPD Points

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about this event

Dexmedetomidine has recently been adopted by the UK anaesthesia and intensive care communities following an extensive history of use in veterinary medicine. This evening meeting will provide a synopsis of its clinical utility and information regarding practical applications in different patient cohorts, in relation to both anaesthesia and critical care. An expert panel will discuss potential advantages and disadvantages and where pain fits in this continuum of use will be addressed. To contribute to this discussion book your place today.   


  • Understand the relevance of dexmedetomidine to contemporary practice, in anaesthesia and critical care
  • Know about the use of dexmedetomidine for sedation in the intensive care unit and elsewhere
  • Understand the role of dexmedetomidine as an analgesic agent

Who should attend?

A broad demographic of anaesthetists, intensive care clinicians, specialist veterinary surgeons and those with an interest in pain medicine.

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The programme and speaker line up will be updated regularly.


5.30 pm

Registration, tea and coffee

6.00 pm

Welcome and introduction

Ms Louise Clark, President Elect, Pain Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

6.05 pm

Dexmedetomidine – what it is and what it does: Mechanisms and clinical pharmacology

Dr Joanna Murrell, Reader in Veterinary Anaesthesia, University of Bristol

6.45 pm

Dexmedetomidine: What can it offer the anaesthetist?

Dr Joe Sebastian, Consultant Neuroanaesthetist, Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

7.15 pm

Dexmedetomidine in critical care: What a pain!

Dr Jamie McCanny, Specialist Trainee 7, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

7.55 pm

Panel discussion: Where does pain fit in all this?

Speaker panel and colleagues from the floor. Please bring your clinical questions, quandaries and conundrums for discussion.

8.10 pm

Presentation: The Andrew Lawson prize

Dr Juliet Cohen

8.30 pm

Closing remarks and Close of meeting

register for this event

  • Online registration is now closed
  • Places are still available and registrations will be taken on the day for the meeting
  • Please note lunch cannot be guaranteed


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Pain Medicine Section: Andrew Lawson prize

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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Daisy GeorgeTel: 02072902982 Email: arrow