The interregional scientific and practical conference with international participation St. Petersburg Septic Forum 2019 took place on September 11–13.
For the first time, this forum featured the special session entitled “Recurrent hospital infections in prolonged disorders of consciousness”. The moderators were first deputy chair of St. Petersburg Health Committee A. Sarana, chief rehabilitation specialist of St. Petersburg S. Makarenko and head of the Study Group on Minimally Conscious State E. Kondratieva.
At this session, the specialists of the Study Group on Minimally Conscious State gave two presentations supported by a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.
N. Dryagina gave a presentation “Comprehensive evaluation of pro-inflammatory markers in the diagnosis of bacterial complications in patients in a vegetative state” analyzing the changes in laboratory tests in meningitis and pneumonia in 54 patients with chronic disorders of consciousness.
E. Kondratieva gave a presentation “The combination of pro- and anti-inflammatory factors in patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness” showing the analytic results for the course of the systemic inflammatory response and changes in stress hormones in 289 patients with chronic disorders of consciousness.
V. Ivanov, head of the Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Department in his presentation “Nosocomial infections in patients with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis – treatment and therapy features”, presented the experience of Almazov Centre in treating patients with autoimmune brain disease. The participants discussed the difficulties in managing these patients with immunosuppressive therapy and clinical cases of patients successfully treated at Almazov Centre.