Marcia Leventhal, Past President of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions of the Swiss Society of Cardiology, opened the Cardiovascular Nursing Meeting in Geneva with a warm welcome. Christi Deaton FESC, Chair of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions, followed to present highlights of the innovative and diverse programme with something for everyone. Professor Deaton encouraged participants to take this opportunity to network with colleagues from Europe and beyond. Nicolas Masson, current President of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions of the Swiss Society of Cardiology, also commented on the wealth of the topics to be discussed at the meeting. Praise for the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions came from Professor Roberto Ferrari, President of the ESC. He expressed his appreciation of the Council's collaboration with other ESC groups and external societies and its exemplary participation in ESC activities. The Swiss government and the canton of Geneva were represented by Professor Pierre François Unger who highlighted that today's nurses and technicians are highly competent individuals in the latest technologies – indeed vocation is no longer enough. The scientific sessions began with Professor Roberto Ferrari, President of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), who presented the European Heart for Children, an incentive to promote knowledge and treatment of CHD and related disorders in children and young adults in ESC member countries and beyond. Managed by the recently created Humanitarian Foundation, this will be a long term project of 20 years in 3 stages:
Professor Ferrari will be responsible for the project for the next 8 years. Beat Friedli from Switzerland gave a comprehensive overview of the pathophysiology and treatment for children with CHD. The defects, their effects, consequences and complications were clearly explained as well as the type of treatments available. This Opening Session ended with an interesting collaboration between Norway and Russia in the field of paediatric heart surgery. Britt Fredriksen from Oslo described how a Norwegian team provided training and equipment to colleagues in Archangel to help save young children. The experience proved that even with unsophisticated equipment and very basic circumstances, much can be achieved with will-power, inner strength and empathy.
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