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Newsletter 2022

Newsletter December 2022: Patient Safety Experts Meeting – Euroanaesthesia 2022

Benedikt Preckel On Sunday, June 5th 2022, during Euroanaesthesia 2022 in Milan, the Patient Safety and Quality Committee (PSQC) of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) held the Patient Safety Experts Meeting, inviting participants from ESAIC, other international societies and industry partners. The Patient Safety Experts Meeting is a unique opportunity for experts worldwide to openly discuss the most current issues in patient safety in perioperative care. It is a r...

Newsletter December 2022: Are you planning on taking the Part II EDAIC in 2023? This is what you should know

Joana Berger-Estilita1,2, Markus Klimek3, on behalf of the Part II Examinations Subcommittee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology As of 1 October 2020, the European Society of Anaesthesiology became the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care. The ESAIC has a proven record of intensive care medicine as a part of its activities, education, examination and research, and it is a significant speciality in our community. The addition of intensive care to the name of our Society w...

Newsletter December 2022: Anaesthesia and telemedicine-is there any conflict?

Gabriel M. Gurman, MD Chief editor There is no doubt that anaesthesia cannot be provided from a distance. However, the continuous presence of the anaesthesiologist near their patient is an obligation which must be respected; otherwise, there would be an invitation for catastrophe. But what about using telemedicine for the pre-anaesthetic examination? Here is a subject which deserves a severe glance and a deep thought. Pre-anaesthesia examination and evaluation is the first rule of a correct app...

Newsletter December 2022: ICU diary: Helping patients fill the 'memory lost' gap in ICU

Kean Seng Cheah A stay in ICU can be traumatic to the patients. Patients are confronted with possible death and constantly drift in and out of consciousness, with mysterious alarm ringing and seeing different sets of faces each time they are awake. The journey of recovery from critical illness does not end on the day of ICU discharge, but this experience and memory will cling to the patients as they move on. Patients find it difficult to make sense of the sequence of events due to ‘memor...

Newsletter December 2022: Learning and Teaching with ESAIC

Aeyal Raz ESAIC Teach the Teacher Masterclass Committee Chairperson In late October, 20 anaesthesiologists from all over Europe gathered in Crete to learn, work, and collaborate. The goal of the meeting was to improve their teaching skills. This was the first part of the ESAIC’s Train the Trainer (Teach the Teacher – or simply TTT) course. It was a busy week, with lectures, workshops, and presentations, but in the end – we all went home with a few more tools in our belts and new ideas and...

Newsletter November 2022: RePHILL trial: Prehospital transfusion - better outcome in major haemorrhagic trauma?

Kean Seng Cheah Over the past 2 decades, the management of major haemorrhagic trauma has undergone an evolution from crystalloid based to early blood products-based resuscitation. Historically, a large volume of crystalloid was funnelled into the patient in order to restore circulatory volume. This traditional way of resuscitation was currently regarded as ‘imbalance’, leading to tissue oedema and dilution coagulopathy. The new paradigm of trauma resuscitation has now focused on damage contr...

Newsletter November 2022: Paediatric Clinical Trial Networks: APRICOT and NECTARINE - Two successful stories

Nicola Disma, Walid Habre, Thomas Riva ESAIC sponsors large collaborative projects under the umbrella of the Clinical Trial Network (CTN) since 2010. CTNs were initiated by the late Prof. Andreas Hoeft and continued annually through open calls. Since the first CTN call was launched, the aim of CTN was to explore the incidence of rare and severe events in the field of anaesthesia and intensive care needing large samples of patients to answer the research question. As such, CTN offers the opportu...

Newsletter November 2022: The sleepless anaesthesiologist - any remedy?

Gabriel M.Gurman, MD Chief Editor Some years ago, we published a paper about professional stress in anaesthesiology (1). We described things well-known by any professional. Anaesthesia is a service profession which demands the physician to be able to work in a team and to act accordingly. Frictions between team members are not unusual in the OR, and this atmosphere could lead to tension and conflicts. As in obstetrics, the anaesthesiologist sometimes takes care of “healthy patients”...

Newsletter October 2022: ESAIC Gender Equity Committee: Addressing gender bias in anesthesia and intensive care

Vojislava Neskovic For the first time, at the beginning of 2020, a Gender Equity Committee (GEC) has been appointed by the European Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care (ESAIC). The idea of taking steps in establishing more structured actions in addressing gender equity evolved from the recognised underrepresentation of women within society leadership. Although the number of members did not differ significantly in terms of gender, the representation of women in scientific committees, both as...

Newsletter October 2022: Pain perception is more than just intensity

Juliane Sachau1, Manon Sendel1, Marie Péchard2, Kathrin Schnabel3, Iris Schmieg3, Terkia Medkour2, Laurent Ecochard4, Markus Woischnik5, Hiltrud Liedgens6, Esther Pogatzki-Zahn3, Didier Bouhassira2, Ralf Baron1 1Division of Neurological Pain Research and Therapy, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany 2Inserm U987, APHP, UVSQ, Paris-Saclay University, CHU Ambroise Paré, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France 3Department of Anaesthesiology, Intens...