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Newsletter April 2021: Make the difference and improve the quality of care: introducing a Master’s in Perioperative Care of Older Patients

Authors: Gabriella Bettelli MSc, Scientific Coordinator, 2nd L Master in Perioperative Geriatric Medicine, San Marino University gabriella.bettelli@unirsm.sm Antonio Crucitti MSc, Associate Professor of Surgery, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome antonio.crucitti@unicatt.it     Demographic changes occurred in recent years and the consequent expansion in the number of older patients who need surgical care has produced a growing need for specific education among surgeons and anae...

Newsletter April 2021: Sharing experiences and knowledge is the most important skill of a great leader – lessons from TEP

Mihai Botea – University of Oradea – Pelican Clinic Hospital, Romania drmob78@yahoo.com   “If you want to teach someone you will not teach what you want, you will not teach what you know, you will teach what you are.” said the German doctor and philosopher Albert Schweitzer. The Training Exchange Program could also take another dimension, that one besides personal skills development, the dimension of taking the know-how from the most advanced medical systems and setting trends i...

Newsletter April 2021: To overcome the present and to be ready for the future

Gabriel M. Gurman, Chief editor gurman@bgu.ac.il   There is no doubt that we have not been prepared for the current situation. The COVID19 pandemic found us not ready at all to take care of all the critically ill patients who are still brought, in huge numbers, to our hospitals and who badly need intensive care (ICU) support. The clear discrepancy between the number of ICU beds and the demands in the field was present decades ago. When a patient in a serious condition was brought to an eme...

Newsletter April 2021: Update on the activities of the ESAIC Trainees Committee

ESAIC Trainees Committee team from top left: Igor Abramovich (Chair), Bernardo Matias (Past-Chair), Albert de Bettignies, Christopher Blacker, Elena Gjorchevska, Eva Klabusayová, Nadine van Veenendaa, Olivier Duranteau and Gustavo Norte   trainees-committee@esaic.org   The mission of the ESAIC Trainees Committee (ESAICTC) is to establish a network between the approximately 22.000 European Anaesthesiology Trainees (the ESAIC Trainee Network (ESAICTN)), from the countries represented in...

Newsletter April 2021: The NECTARINE study

Nicola Disma nicoladisma@gmail.com   The results of NECTARINE, a CTN granted in 2015 by ESAIC, are finally published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia. Two sister publications, both on the principal outcome, have been accepted for publication in the BJA: one on critical events and risk factors, the second on difficult tracheal intubation. NECTARINE CTN is a prospective, observational, international cohort study on neonatal and infant anaesthesia. It was designed to determine the incide...

Newsletter April 2021: ESAIC Gender Equity Committee - Call to action

  To all members of our profession, to join forces in achieving gender equity and equality in the European Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Medical care is delivered by women, but it is still run by men by the disproportion of leadership positions. Anaesthesia and intensive care are no different. There is a need for equal voices in addressing professional challenges, particularly in times of crises, like the COVID-19 pandemic, where women professional and social position may be challenge...

Newsletter March 2021: The art of swimming in a sea of restrictions

Gabriel M. Gurman, MD Chief Editor gurman@bgu.ac.il     This new year, 2021, did not bring any significant improvement regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the main tasks of healthcare providers. In most countries, the number of infected patients constantly increases, as well as of those in need of heroic treatment, such as artificial ventilation and/or ECMO. As a result, there is a permanent increase in mortality, mainly because of the severity of the disease in the prese...

Newsletter March 2021: A TEP Report

Gabriela Goncalves Gabrielasofia@hotmail.com Centro Hospitalar do Porto, Portugal As a native French speaker and having paediatric anaesthesia as one of my main areas of interest in the field of anaesthesiology, the option to perform the ESA Trainee Exchange Program (TEP) at the Hôpital Femme-Mère-Enfant (HFME), in Lyon, seemed an obvious choice. It combined the possibility of returning to my origins in a professional context, with the opportunity of high-quality specialised training at a refe...

Newsletter March 2021: Difficulties in treating patients in a non-COVID-19 orthopaedic hospital

Adela Hilda Onutu Orthopaedic and Trauma Clinic, Emergency County Hospital, Cluj-Napoca, Romania adelaonutu@gmail.com The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic led to significant changes in our professional activity, by modifying our routine decisions regarding each patient. This becomes obvious when the hospital is dedicated to one single speciality, like orthopaedic surgery. Due to this specific profile, access to all specialities facilities is sometimes cumbersome, and even dangerous for the patient in a crit...

Newsletter March 2021: Update on the role of Trainee Representatives in other ESAIC Committees

Bernardo Matias, Albert de Bettignies, Andrew Grech, Anne Blank, Christopher Blacker, Dora Karmelic, Elena Gjorchevska, Eva Klabusayova, Nadine van Veenendaal, Olivier Duranteau, Tamara Skrisovska ESAIC Trainees Committee Chair, Members and Trainee Representatives trainees-committee@esaic.org Since 2018 the ESAIC Trainees Committee has Trainee Representatives in additional ESAIC Committees and after a first trial period, that evaluated their value in 5 strategic areas, these Representatives are...