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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...

EA21 Newsletter: First double-lung transplant after COVID-19 performed in Portugal

The 61-year-old patient suffered from severe post-COVID-19 respiratory failure after three months on an artificial lung that oxygenates blood and multiple treatment-related complications This Euroanaesthesia saw doctors in Lisbon report on the case of a 61-year-old man who received a double lung transplant after his lungs were irreparably damaged by COVID-19, in an abstract case report. The patient contracted COVID-19 in January 2021 and was discharged from the hospital on 23 August, marking th...

EA21 Newsletter: ESAIC Journals and the new editor-in-chief Marc Samama

Professor Marc Samama (Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Perioperative Medicine, GHU AP-HP. Centre – Université de Paris) has taken over as the Editor-in-Chief of the society’s official journal EJA, and the soon to be established new journal EJAIC, which will incorporate more intensive care medicine. Q: Hello Marc and we hope you enjoyed Euroanaesthesia – tell us about how it has been in your first months as Editor-in-Chief? A: Very busy, extremely demanding but very exci...

EA21 Newsletter: ESAIC President Elect Edoardo De Robertis: looking forward to a post-pandemic future

In January 2022, Prof Edoardo De Robertis, Director of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Università degli Studi di Perugia, will become the next President of ESAIC, taking over from Professor Kai Zacharowski. Here Edoardo tells us about his career and roles within the Society, and how he is looking forward to moving beyond COVID and back to some level of normality, including regular in-person Euroanaesthesia congresses. Q: Congratulations on your nomination as President Edoardo. Although, o...

EA21 Newsletter: Session 12D2 Pro-Con debate: Tranexamic acid for all bleeding patients in the perioperative setting

Sunday December 19, 11:00 – 12:00 – Channel 4 The pro stance in this debate will be presented by Beverley Hunt, Professor of Thrombosis & Haemostasis, Kings College London, Consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London and Medical Director of Thrombosis UK. Prof Hunt will say: “Tranexamic acid (TXA) is a wonderful drug for in multiple large randomised controlled trials when used in low dose and for 8 hours or less, it reduced death due to bleeding by abo...

EA21 Newsletter: Selected media coverage – Saturday 18 December

Despite the ongoing coverage of the omicron variant completely dominating all news outlets, Euroanaesthesia has managed to secure some international coverage yesterday (Sat 18 Dec). Daily Mail UK and International Covid-19 can cause your muscles to SWELL by more than 60%, study reveals  | Daily Mail Online Today Spain 24 – Covid-19 can cause your muscles to become inflamed by more than 60%, study reveals (spain-24.com) 20 minutes (Spain) – They observe that muscles grow in critical...

EA21 Newsletter: Best Abstract Competition 2021 – Results

  Each year our panel of expert judges finds it very difficult to pick a winner, second and third place from the finalists, and this year’s selection was no exception. The judging panel of former ESAIC President Daniela Filipescu (Romania) together with Ana Kowark (Germany) and Mona Momeni (Belgium) had eight high-quality pieces to choose from. After a lengthy question and answer and time to deliberate, they chose the winners. All 8 of the abstracts that reached the final can be read by c...

EA21 Newsletter: Celebrating 10 years of the Euroanaesthesia Delegate Newsletter

Tony Kirby, Newsletter editor, tony@tonykirby.com This year’s Euroanaesthesia marks the 10th year that I have had the honour of editing and presenting the delegate newsletter to all of you. I hope very much that you have found it informative, and been able to read some (if not many!) of the daily editions we have poured out across these years. It was back in Euroanaesthesia 2012 in Paris that I was first hired to do this task. For those of you who don’t know my background, my degree is in bi...