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In Memoriam Torsten Leif Bunk Lauritsen (1967-2021)

With great sadness, we try to understand and come to terms with the sudden and unexpected death of our colleague and friend Torsten L. B. Lauritsen. Torsten was for many years a great and respected paediatric anaesthetic capacity in Denmark, Scandinavia, and Europe, professionally as well as a member and chairman of various committees and societies. Throughout most of his career, Torsten worked at the Juliane Marie Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark where he quickly developed a stro...

Newsletter July 2021: Trainee wellbeing and fatigue during COVID-19 Pandemic

Igor Abramovich, Bernardo Matias, Christopher Blacker, Elena Gjorchevska ESAIC Trainees Committee Chair, Past-chair and Trainee Representatives trainees-committee@esaic.org   The Covid pandemic has had a major impact on all different parts of our society. The effect on trainees is a huge burden. Trainee wellbeing suffered majorly and fatigue has become an ever-growing issue. In their free time, young doctors often reported they had to isolate themselves from family and friends to prevent b...

Newsletter July 2021: The medicolegal danger is always with us

Gabriel M.Gurman, MD Chief editor gurman@bgu.ac.il   I am aware that the medicolegal aspects of the routine activity are different from one country to another since the judicial system is different. Nevertheless, it is relatively easy to find some points which could be defined as the common denominator, regardless of where medicine is practised. As a definition, medical practice is a combination of the standard of care (accepted by the medical community) and the medicolegal and ethical dem...

Newsletter July 2021: Prof. Dr Dr.h.c.Wolfgang Dick (1936-2021)

On June 8th, 2021, the long-time director of the Department of Anaesthesiology and my esteemed predecessor, Univ.-Prof. Dr Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Dick died at the age of 84. Professor Dick was born in Wesel, Germany in 1936 and passed the medical state examination and doctorate after studying medicine at the University of Cologne. After acquiring his license to practice medicine in 1965, he was trained as a specialist in anaesthesiology at the Universities of Mainz and Los Angeles and he completed h...

Newsletter July 2021: Intensive and Critical Care Take Centre Stage at the 17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists

Daniela Filipescu With 24 different scientific tracks, each led by global experts, the 17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists has something for every ESAIC member. Reading the newly released WCA scientific programme it is noticeable how much of the agenda, training and networking opportunities relate to Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (ICCM). Join us from the 1st to the 5th of September and be part of this extraordinary learning experience. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted...

Newsletter July 2021: Major changes and messages in the 2021 Ressuscitation guidelines

Enrique Jesus Carrero Cardenal. Department of Anaesthesiology, Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona. ecarrero@clinic.cat The European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidelines are reviewed and published every 5 years. However, due to the pandemic status, the ERC Council decided to postpone the ERC Guidelines 2020 publication until 2021.  In 2020, the ERC published what was then a priority: the Guidelines for Covid-19 patients in cardiac arrest (CA).1 On 25-26 March, the Resuscitation ERC gui...

Newsletter July 2021: Resident Corner - An interesting case of a sizeable adrenal incidentaloma resection in a 26-weeks parturient

Tzima M, Georgopoulou E, Mavropoulos C, Tsakyridou E, Katsanoulas K, Katsika E Hippokrateion General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece martzi88@yahoo.gr The case A 26-year-old parturient is hospitalised for a sizeable mass resection, found in the Morrison’s pouch. She has been admitted to the hospital due to a fainting episode. The woman has been complaining of continual pain in the right upper quadrant. After rigorous examination and imaging, an adrenal mass, which showed a rim of acute haemorr...

Newsletter June 2021: An interview with Prof. Edoardo de Robertis, the elected ESAIC President

Prof. Edoardo De Robertis has been recently elected as the ESAIC incoming President, with a transition to ESAIC President on 1 January 2022. Let’s get to know him, his ideas, and his projects. Edoardo, can you briefly describe your background and your roles and involvement in ESAIC? After the PhD in Clinical Physiology at the University of Lund in Sweden, I have started my academic and professional carrier in Italy at the University of Napoli Federico II, where I have worked in Intensive Care...

Newsletter June 2021: Editorial - Our congresses. I miss them immensely. You too?

Gabriel M. Gurman, MD Chief Editor gurman@bgu.ac.il It is a long, too long time since I attended my first scientific convention. I was then a young resident, and my first official contact with very respectable personalities of my speciality had a tremendous impact on my future career. For the first time, I understood that medicine may be more than just an intellectual profession, and included the fourth field of activity, after those three very well known: patient management, research and educat...

Newsletter June 2021: Oxygen Fire Risk Warning for ICU Units

Chief Editor’s note: We are pleased to host in this issue a short report from the Patient Safety and Quality Committee. We would like to encourage other ESAIC committees to contribute to our Newsletter by sending material related to their activity. Alex Rawlings (on behalf of the ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Committee) patient.safety@esaic.org In the last 5 years, there have been multiple incidents of serious fires breaking out in ICU units. The recent tragedy in Ibn al-Khatib Hospital...