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Newsletter January 2022: A word from a European scientific society

Teodora Nicolescu, MD President, The European Society for Computing and Technology in Anesthesia and Intensive Care (ESCTAIC) Teodora-Nicolescu@ouhsc.edu The past almost two years have taken a toll on all of us, whether personal or professional. For all professional societies, this has been even more daunting. Aside from the lack of in-person meetings and their social beneficial aspect, societies were compounded with the need to shift to virtual conferences. That presented a whole host of new is...

Newsletter January 2022: The Trainee Exchange Program (TEP) - The importance of different perspectives and approaches

Abdulvahap Oguz, DESAIC Mardin Kiziltepe State Hospital, Turkey avahapoguz@gmail.com Throughout my education, I have been to many cities in the country where I live: Turkey. I also had the chance to be abroad during the period of my internship. Gaining all these experiences showed me the importance of different perspectives and their effects on our lives. I have never been abroad during my specialisation training, but I have been in two developing countries for a short period of time via a non-p...

Newsletter January 2022: Educational Needs in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care: a snapshot of 2021

Joana Berger-Estilita1, Teodora Nicolescu2, Andrea Kollmann Camaiora3 Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Inselspital Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland Department of Anesthesiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA Department of Anaesthesiology, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala University Hospital Corresponding Author: Andrea Kollmann Camaiora, a.koll.cam@gmail.com Throughout their careers, anaesthesiologists face...

Newsletter January 2022: Second thoughts regarding rapid sequence intubation

Chief Editor note: This clinical paper raises an important dilemma for the practitioner. We expect comments and opinions from our readers. Marcelo Ramos, MD marcelosperiandoramos@yahoo.com The most important decision in anaesthesia is whether to intubate BEFORE or AFTER induction. The basis of all the algorithms (and our beliefs) is that once we have defined that we can with “certainty and security” guarantee the ventilation (and/or maybe intubation), we can induce. We propose and be...

Newsletter January 2022: Editorial - Is anaesthesia mortality a source of stress for the anaesthesiologist?

Gabriel M. Gurman, MD Chief Editor A tragic event took place in the operating room. A very sick patient, who just passed a complicated emergent surgery, developed a massive haemorrhage which led to disseminated intravascular coagulation and the patient then died because of massive blood loss. The family was informed, the complication details have been inserted in the chart and the case was discussed at the next morning rounds. Could this be end of the story?What about the impact such a case coul...

EA21 Newsletter: Thank you from the President of the ESAIC and Scientific Chair

Like many others, our community has faced many challenges and loss of life due to this pandemic. We would like to recognize all of you who have continued to work tirelessly during these times to continue to save lives. We had hoped to be able to meet in person this year in Munich, but due to the challenges we continue to face, this was again not possible. Fortunately, we do have the technology to meet virtually – with our peers and experts, to share knowledge, and to continue to support each o...

EA21 Newsletter: Media summary – Euroanaesthesia 2021

The stories selected for media releases from this year’s abstracts were from a variety of themes including COVID-related, environmental, 3D printing, the effects of general anaesthesia and differences in surgery outcomes between genders. However, the ongoing crisis of the new omicron variant of COVID-19 meant that these very worthy stories only received limited coverage. Below are some of the highlights of this coverage: First double-lung transplant after COVID-19 performed in Portugal Dr Caro...

EA21 Newsletter: Critically ill COVID-19 patients with acute kidney injury more likely to die than those with pre-existing chronic kidney disease

Austrian study suggests that dialysis treatment does little to improve chances of survival in intensive care New research presented at this year’s Euroanaesthesia suggests that among COVID-19 patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), those who have an abrupt decline in kidney function are more likely to die during hospitalisation than those with pre-existing kidney diseases. Moreover, renal replacement therapy (such as dialysis) does little to improve their chances of survival. A sud...

EA21 Newsletter: Session 01P1 The opioid crisis: how to do better?

Saturday December 18, 14:00 – 15:00  – Channel 7 This three-part session on the middle day of Euroanaesthesia tackled various aspects of the opioid crisis. In her talk on the opioid-sparing effect of low-dose ketamine, Dr Marieke Niesters of Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands, discussed how normally moderate to severe postoperative pain is, in current practice, predominantly treated by strong opioids. “Often these opioids are continued after discharge from the hospital...

EA21 Newsletter: Session 15L1 Pain management in the elderly: how, when and why?

Sunday 19 December, 09:45 – 10:30 – Channel 4 This Sunday morning session on pain in the elderly was presented by Dr Peter Lee, Consultant Anaesthesiologist Bon Secours Hospital Cork, Ireland. “The undertreatment of postoperative pain in older people has been recognised as a problem in hospitals worldwide for at least 20 years,” he explained, “As well as the obvious suffering associated with moderate or severe pain, older people will also experience adverse cardiovascular and r...