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EA20 Newsletter: Session 11D1: Does my patient need awake intubation? Pro-Con debate

Session presented Sunday 29 November, 1000-1100H, Channel 7 This pro-con debate on the middle day of this year’s virtual Euroanaesthesia was opened by Dr Imran Ahmad, Difficult Airway Society (DAS) Honorary Secretary, based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London, UK, who presented the ‘pro’ argument. Rather than give his personal opinion, Dr Ahmad said he would let the ‘data do the talking’, presenting various studies including those analysing the incidence of difficult airways...

EA20 Newsletter: The challenge of managing critical bleeds in FXa-inhibited patients

One of the talks in this special symposium during Sunday’s Euroanaesthesia program covered the unmet need in the treatment of direct FXa inhibitor-associated critical bleeding, and was presented by Professor Marc Maegele,  a trauma surgeon and intensive/emergency care specialist based at the Cologne-Merheim Medical Center, Cologne, Germany. He explanied how the recent development of crucial antidotes to these drugs, andexanet alfa (made by Portola, recently merged with Alexion) and idarucizu...

EA20 Newsletter: Session 01L4: Which drug should I stop or continue before anaesthesia?

Presented Sunday 29 November, 1545-1630H, Channel 2 “Which drug should I stop or continue before anaesthesia?” was the focus of one of the Sunday afternoon lectures in this year’s Euroanaesthesia, presented by Professor Michel Struys (University Medical Centre Groningen, Netherlands). Over half of patients undergoing surgery take regular medication and clinicians must decide which of these should continue or be stopped during the perioperative period. “However, few data exist about the...

EA20 Newsletter: Honorary member profile: Professor Martin Tramèr

After a decade in the role, Professor Martin Tramèr has now stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA), here Martin reflects on his time in charge, and his future plans. Q: Welcome to this online edition of Euroanaesthesia 2020 Martin, how does it feel to be made one of this year’s Honorary Members of the newly named ESAIC? A: This is a great honour indeed. It is not something you can work towards or prepare for. You are chosen by your peers! I see...

EA20 Newsletter: Session COVPD1: Ethics and triage in COVID-19

Monday 30 November, 1115-1215H, Channel 10 The first talk in this session is ‘triage in COVID-19 – who should be ventilated?’ and will be presented by Professor Caterina Aurilio, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Naples, Italy. “The ethical question created by the COVID-19 pandemic is how to handle a large number of severe patients, which simultaneously need ventilators for respiratory support,” says Prof Aurilio. “Many guidelines have been developed by health systems of sev...

EA20 Newsletter: Lung Protective Ventilation during Anaesthesia

Lung protective ventilation is widely recognized as an effective strategy to keep the alveoli open while avoiding barotrauma. Commonly used strategies include low-tidal volume, optimal PEEP titration, and lung recruitment maneuvers [1].   Lower tidal volume Although lower tidal volume is generally known as an effective strategy, in a recent clinical trial among adults undergoing major surgery, it did not significantly reduce PPCs within the first 7 days after surgery if the PEEP setting i...

EA20 Newsletter: Session 16PD2: What does it mean “WELLBEING” for a trainee?

Monday 30 November, 1400-1500H, Channel 1 This three-part session on Monday afternoon addresses wellbeing for trainees, with the first talk by Dr Sally El-Ghazali, Immediate Past Chair of the Association of Anaesthetists Trainee Committee, based in London, UK. She will give a short background to the Association of Anaesthetists, a membership organisation with over 10000 members mainly based in Great Britain and Ireland but also from Europe and across the world. The Association of Anaesthetists...

EA20 Newsletter: Session ESAL2: European Journal of Anaesthesiology: a new team for a new project

Monday 30 November, 1000-1030H, Channel 6 In this session, Professor Marc Samama (Cochin Hospital, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, France) will introduce the new editorial team for the European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA), which will include himself and range of other familiar names to delegates: Nicolas Bruder, Michelle S. Chew, Patrice Forget, Tom G. Hansen, Dan Longrois, Anne-Claire Lukaszewicz, Esther Pogatzki-Zahn and Marc Van de Velde. The EJA is the official journal of th...

EA20 Newsletter: Session 14S6: Celebrating the Helsinki Declaration 10th anniversary: implementing the declaration requirements

Monday 30 November, 1400-1500H Channel 6 A decade on from the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety, various sessions at this year’s Euroanaesthesia look at the progress made since the declaration. The first talk in this three-part session on “clinical audits: local or national?” is by Professor Tim Cook, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Bath, UK. He will outline that his national experience is in running the Nation...

EA20 Newsletter: Honorary member profile – former Chief Executive Officer Marc Gheeraert

ESAIC has recognised the service of former Chief Executive Officer Marc Gheeraert (2015-2019) with an Honorary Membership. Under Marc’s leadership, the society (as ESA) expanded in many ways. When he handed the reins to our new CEO Cathy Weynants in December 2019, Marc was leading a staff of more than 40 and was responsible for the support and management of 400-plus doctors who volunteer for the society, as well as our membership that has increased past 30,000. Prior to being CEO of ESA, Marc...