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Campaign for occupational wellbeing on World Anaesthesia Day 16 October

This year for World Anaesthesia Day 2020, on Friday 16 October, the WFSA is asking anaesthesiologists around the world to take part in the campaign to highlight the importance of occupational wellbeing to anaesthesia. We at the ESAIC believe in this message and encourage our members to take part in this campaign. We all want the global anaesthesia family to come together to raise the profile of its wellbeing by sharing approaches for maintaining and providing professional wellbeing; helping othe...

Apply now for bursaries to Euroanaesthesia 2020

We at the ESAIC have teamed up with the WFSA (World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists) to offer bursaries to Euroanaesthesia 2020. This year Euroanaesthesia will be a virtual congress entirely accessible online. To celebrate this amazing opportunity the ESAIC has teamed up with the WFSA to offer full bursaries to anaesthesiologists from low and lower middle income countries. Over 3 days from 28 – 30 November Euroanaesthesia 2020 offers an outstanding programme full of cutting...

Newsletter October 2020: ESAIC contributes to a public-private partnership that tackles major challenges in the care of pain patients

To improve the care of patients with acute or chronic pain, a consortium from academia, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), pain societies, patient organisations and the pharmaceutical industry has launched the research project “IMI-Pain Care – Improving the care of patients suffering from acute or chronic pain”. IMI-PainCare is set within the framework of the Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI), the largest public-private partnership for health research worldwide. A consortium of...

Newsletter October 2020: Application of a device in times of pandemic: Safety for the patient and medical personnel

Niño MC, Pauwels A, Raffan F, Arango E, López JP. Gigi87@yahoo.com   Introduction In Colombia, 500,000 COVID-19 cases and 15,800 deaths have been reported, among which health personnel cases and deaths amount to 5,619, and 43 respectively (1). Age is an independent risk factor for suffering from a severe disease, with the ages of 65 and over representing the highest risk. In the US, individuals over the age of 65 represent 45% of hospital admissions, 53% of intensive care unit admissions,...

Newsletter October 2020: Council Elections – Call for applications

Dear ESAIC Member,   We are pleased to inform you that we have recently launched the election procedure for the new ESAIC Council Members. Council Members are to be elected for the next term of office starting on 1 January 2021 in the following countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia, North Macedonia and Serbia. Active Members are eligible to present themselves as a candidate to the elections to represent their working country in the Council. We need you!!! ESAIC members are the ones who dri...

Newsletter October 2020: Anaesthesia versus intensive care medicine: a deleterious debate

Manuel Otero-Lopez, Hôpital Avicenne, AP-HP, Bobigny, France Pablo Monedero, Clínica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain motero@doctors.org.uk   The European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) has decided to add explicitly “Intensive Care” to its name. The proposal to change the name of ESA to ESAIC, The European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, has been approved with the full support of its members and will be implemented from October 2020...

Newsletter October 2020: Residents in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care: their role in times of emergency

Chief editor’s note: With this paper, we intend to open a new rubric: The residents’ corner, hoping that our readers and members will gladly contribute to it and take this opportunity to share information on their work conditions, research activities and future plans. Alberto Barbieri1, Enrico Giuliani2, Gabriele Melegari3, Elisabetta Bertellini3 School of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy Department of Medical, Surgical, Maternal-Child and Adul...

Newsletter October 2020: Great success of our World Restart a Heart Day 2019

Up to 206 Million People Reached and Over 5.4 Million Trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Worldwide Nadine Rott1, Andrew Lockey2, Bernd W. Böttiger1 bernd.boettiger@uk-koeln.de 1 Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne, Germany 2 Emergency Department, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, United Kingdom     “All citizens of the world can save a life: “CHECK— CALL—COMPRESS.” With these words, the International Liaison Co...

Newsletter October 2020: Online Survey on COVID-19 Exposure in Anaesthetists and Health Risks

  SARS-CoV-2 continues to be among the most challenging global health crises for decades. Anaesthesiologists may have contact with COVID-19 patients in numerous settings, e.g. (emergency) surgery or critical care. Ways and mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 transmission are still under investigation, yet both direct droplet transmission, as well as indirect transmission via aerosols, seem to be routes of infection 1,2. During the first spread of infections around the world, reports have emerged that...

Newsletter October 2020: Editorial - Ethical principles and the new reality - is there any conflict?

Gabriel M. Gurman, MD Chief editor gurman@bgu.ac.il   We are living an unusual and very demanding period. The numbers say everything. As per mid-September 2020, the number of patients with COVID-19 varied between 20,000 per million population in the USA and 5,500 in the UK, and the death rate was 600 per million people in the USA, 613 in the UK, and 638 in Spain. The first question to be asked is whether the pandemic catastrophe found us, the physicians and healthcare authorities, unprepare...