Information for interested parties on NOACs

Dear fellows!

DUK Meeting on Non-Vitamin K-dependent oral anticoagulants (NOACs)

May, 9th – 13th 2022

Novel non-Vitamin K-dependent oral anticoagulants (NOACs) exert their effect by directly inhibiting thrombin (dabigatran) or factor Xa (rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban) which facilitate the final steps of coagulation. These agents have been developed as alternatives to Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolism with increased efficacy and/or safety for some indications. Reduced bleeding complications and coagulation testing under NOAC therapy may enhance patient compliance. However, as the number patients using NOACs increases, perioperative bleeding risks and trauma-induced bleeding events under NOAC therapy increase. A good knowledge about the physiology and pathophysiology of coagulation, diagnostic possibilities and therapeutic strategies are essential to succeed in managing severe bleeding complications. In the light of this development we want to share knowledge and experiences on coagulation and haemostasis and want to discuss different approaches with laboratory specialists, haematologists, internists and anaesthesiologists.

It is a declared purpose of the meeting to provide state-of-the-art education and help improving patient care. Apart from this “hard outcome parameter”, there are relevant “soft” ones: faculty development and empowerment, bringing clinicians together, building bridges, and knitting networks for future research collaborations.


1. Your participation

It is most efficient to merge colleagues who are already involved and deeply interested in the outcome-relevant topics of Patient Blood Management and perioperative bleeding management. We invite you to bring in your expertise and skills, present your cases, and ask your burning and non-burning questions. Get actively involved during the seminar and later on during implementing the learned material at the bedside.


2. Interaction and networking

To stimulate a high degree of interaction and to give faculty and participants a chance to exchange experiences and ideas and to benefit from a optimized time management in terms of travel we have chosen hotelrooms next to the meeting rooms. Here you will have the freedom of interactions and discussions with world-known tutors starting from joint breakfast to dinner. The size of the group is intentionally small in order to enable escape from anonymity.


3. Time

Time is, without doubt, the most valuable good. Five busy days are ahead of us with a time-efficient programme, including lectures, workshop, and case discussions. Let us and our patients benefit from these days.

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