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Newsletter February 2021: ESAIC Trainee Exchange Program experience in University Hospital “Carl Gustav Carus”

Olguta Lungu, Iasi, Romania lunguolguta@yahoo.com   In September 2020, the pandemic’s safe window allowed me to participate in the ESAIC Trainee Exchange Program and I am glad and thankful I did. I had the opportunity to live for three months in a beautiful and quiet city, Dresden, Germany and to work in Dresden’s University Hospital “Carl Gustav Carus” alongside a professional and well-prepared team of anesthesiologists: Prof Dr Koch, Prof Dr Gama di Abreu, Dr Richter, Dr Vicent, P...

Newsletter March 2021: EDAIC Chair report 2020

Dr Andrey Varvinskiy ESAIC Examinations Committee Immediate Past Chair a_varvinski@hotmail.com   First of all, as I write this article at the beginning of January, I really hope that most of you had a chance to spend some good quality time with your families over the festive period. It is right I believe to mention that we were all glad to see the back of the year 2020, bearing in mind what events it brought into our lives, our family lives and how dramatically it has changed our profession...

Newsletter February 2021: The SARS-CoV-2 Virus: A Biopsychosocial Hazard for the Anaesthesiologist

Marcelino Murillo Deluque, Sebastian Amaya, Jose Jorge Maya Gomez, Valentina Monsalve, María Paula Pérez Mosquera marcelmoro04@gmail.com The SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted mainly by aerosols that can be produced when manipulating the airway of an infected patient, which translates to a greater risk of infection by direct contact to which the anaesthesiologist is exposed during surgery (1), through chemical contamination by halogenated anaesthetic residues, which can occur thanks to procedure...

Newsletter February 2021: A new reality in out-of-O.R. sedation

Liliana Suárez Anaesthesiologist, Scientific Director, HYPNOS Sedaciones. Bogotá, Colombia. lilisuareza@gmail.com   Today’s society has never faced a situation like the current crisis: a pandemic due to SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome 2) and its disease COVID-19; which has led to drastic changes in lifestyle regardless of academic, cultural, racial, religious, political or economic considerations. Each country in the world has had to implement different po...

Newsletter February 2021: Editorial - Gender gap – the discussion is here to stay

Liana Valeanu, MD, DESA Deputy Editor ESAIC Newsletter liana.valeanu@yahoo.com   During my first year as a specialist in anaesthesia and intensive care, I was conducting a routine pre-anaesthetic check-up for a scheduled coronary artery bypass surgery. The patient, a male in his 60s, was a successful businessman whose genetic background and disorganised lifestyle had led to the development of severe coronary artery disease. I introduced myself and we had a long conversation about his risk f...

COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need to share precious intensive care bed resources across Europe

New research shows that a majority of European anaesthesiologists and intensive care specialists believe that precious intensive care (ICU) capacity should be shared between nations during international emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing countries with excess capacity to help those that are being overwhelmed at any particular moment. The study is published in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology (the official journal of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Ca...

Newsletter January 2021: Editorial - The work volume-outcome relationship. Any place for us?

Gabriel M. Gurman, MD Editor in Chief gurman@bgu.ac.il   I am aware of the fact that the discussion on this topic could open Pandora’s box and create a lot of disputes. But one cannot be afraid of sensitive, controversial, subjects. Our newsletter has always been eager to host different opinions and discuss problematic topics. What is it about this time? In the last three decades, the pertinent literature presented data about the good results regarding the patient outcome, when he/she wa...

Newsletter January 2021: Call for centres: Join the ESAIC Clinical Trial Network!

The ESAIC Clinical Trials Network (CTN) was established in 2010 to facilitate, integrate and support clinical anaesthesiology research on an international level. The ESAIC CTN provides an infrastructure for institutions, clinicians and scientists allowing them to work collaboratively across international borders to improve the care of patients in the fields of anaesthesiology, intensive care, perioperative medicine, emergency medicine and pain medicine. International networks all over the world...

Newsletter January 2021: The European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA): a new team for a new project

Nicolas Bruder, Michelle S. Chew, Patrice Forget, Tom G. Hansen, Dan Longrois, Anne-Claire Lukaszewicz, Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, Marc Van de Velde Charles Marc Samama – marc.samama@aphp.fr The European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA) is the official journal of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC, formerly ESA). It is a leading journal with the 7th position among anaesthesiology and pain journals (2020) in the Web of Science Citation Index Platform. The mandate...

Newsletter January 2021: Important and urgent issues in perioperative patient safety: fourth perspective of a patient safety expert panel

Daniel Arnal, Johannes Wacker darnal@sensar.org   A freely flowing conversation within a group of experienced patient safety experts offers unique opportunities to discuss ongoing projects and concerns of participants and to highlight current trends in patient safety. Since Euroanaesthesia 2016 in London, the ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Committee (PSQC) has been organising the Patient Safety Expert Meeting, a world-café-style invitational and moderated group discussion with the purpo...