The 11th Scientific Conference – HoSPEN

On August 15th, 2020, with the consensus of the Ho Chi Minh City Medical Association, the Ho Chi Minh City Society for Parenteral and Enteral nutrition (HoSPEN) held the 11th annual conference. Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this conference was held online but it still attracted the attention of more than 1,100 medical staffs across the country. Otsuka Viet Nam is honored to be the gold sponsor for this conference.



The conference includes four reports on topics relating to nutrition for critically ill, acute pancreatitis, exocrine pancreatic failure and post-discharged patients, with three speakers who are the first specialists in nutrion, intensive care, gastroenterology: Prof. Authur R.H van Zanten MD. PhD. – Head of ICU & Research, Gelderse Vallei hospital, Ede, The Netherlands; A/Prof. Huu Hoang Bui MD. PhD. – Head of Gastrointestinal medicine department, Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital; Dr. Ngan Tam Luu – MD. PhD. – The President of HoSPEN, Head of Nutrition department, Cho Ray hospital.

The contents of the reports are designed to aim practical problems in clinical practice. In the treatment of patients with severe acute pancreatitis or the critically ill in general, although resuscitation is difficult, the important role of nutritional therapy cannot be overlooked. Nutrition for this group of patients have been considered between parenteral nutrition or tube feeding and micronutrient plus vitamin supplementation. These problems were given by Prof. Authur which based on the most up-to-date medical evidence. The presentation of A/Prof. Huu Hoang Bui with the topic: “Exocrine pancreatic failure – How to recognize and optimize treatment” received great interest from heath care professional because of high frequency but there has no deep concern recently.

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Finally, the presentation of Dr. Ngan Tam Luu with the topic “Nutrition in enhancing muscle protein synthesis in critically ill patients and after discharge” refers to sarcopenia in resuscitation patients, which increases the progress of malnutrition and reduces the quality of treatment. In conclusion, nutritional therapy during recovery and after discharge plays an important role for treatment outcome. As usual, the conference provide CME certificate to HCPs after attending.