To whom it may concern
ESAIC, as the leading European Society in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, emphasizes the importance of a supervising consultant anaesthesiologist, responsible for the patient during the whole procedure, and this, during all anaesthetic procedures. The same goes without further outlining for patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
ESAIC’s main goal is patient safety, and therefore we strongly underscore that the physician, specialist in Anaesthesiology, has a unique necessary background to ensure a continuum of patient care throughout the perioperative period and intensive care.
Also, in particular situations and stressed times (e.g. COVID-19), when we face a shortage of workforce, we should keep our safety standards at the highest levels. Therefore, anaesthesia nurse practitioners should always work under certified medical anaesthesiologist supervision, as ICU nurses do.
On behalf of the ESAIC Board of Directors,
Prof. Edoardo De Robertis