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Study shows surgery patients overwhelmingly prefer pre-surgical safety checklists to be completed in front of them

Embargo: 2301H UK time Thursday 19 December New research suggests surgery patients overwhelmingly prefer pre-surgical safety checklists to be completed in front of them, contrary to what is thought by doctors. The study, published online first in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology (the journal of the European Society of Anaesthesiology [ESAIC]), is by Dr Sabine Nabecker, Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Bern University Hospital, and University of Bern, Switzerland, and co...

The future of regional anesthesia

Manfred Greher, MD, MBA manfred.greher@kh-herzjesu.at The time it takes to double medical knowledge is decreasing dramatically: In 1950 it was 50 years, in the 1980s seven years, and in 2020 it will be only 73 days. According to the perspective of the Kontratieff wave concept which is predicting global economy and growth engines over the centuries, the 5th Kontratieff “Information technology” is followed by the 6th “Biotechnology and psychosocial health“. Health and associated care cons...

Third expert panel perspective on important and urgent issues in perioperative patient safety

Johannes Wacker, Mirka Cikkelova, Sven Staender jwac@gmx.net Let’s compare the idea of the Patient Safety Expert Meeting (PSEM) during Euroanaesthesia to a “Patient Safety Barometer”: The shared knowledge and experiences of these experts are used like barometer readings to consider the question: What are the most important and the most urgent current issues in perioperative patient safety? During Euroanaesthesia 2018 in Copenhagen, the ESAIC PSQC organized the third edition of this interd...

The EDAIC exam – a perfect facilitator for international collaboration

Başak C. Meco,MD and Jean-Jacques Lehot, MD basakceyda@hotmail.com The European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC), a strong and unifying platform in Europe for our specialty, is a perfect example for endorsing international collaborations in many ways and areas. Among many goals that it achieves, a major impact that ESAIC has is that it promotes the harmonisation and quality improvement, assurance and certification of training among its members, with the European diploma ex...

Palliative medicine – a great option for anaesthesiologists

Reino Pöyhiä, MD Reino.poyhia@kauniala.fi Understanding of complexities of diseases, a holistic approach to the care of a patient, acute and chronic pain management, alleviation of other symptoms, expertise in sedation, communication skills and do not resuscitate (DNAR) decision making. These all are important features of both anaesthesiology and palliative medicine. If you add titrating the doses of medications to effects, capability to rapid responses, comprehensive understanding and practi...

A new beginning in what we hope will be a long string of learning opportunities

Teodora Orhideea  Nicolescu, MD, MBA/HCM As I am writing this, we have just wrapped up successfully our first American and European Societies webinar “Non-Operative Room Anaesthesia – new challenges as our scope of practice changes.” This webinar was made possible by a grant from Medtronic and featured 6 speakers, 3 from the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESAIC) (Professor Emeritus Gabriel Gurman from the Ben Gurion  University of  the Negev, Professor Poelaert from the University...

Self experimentation anaesthesia

Chief editor note: As in previous issues, and already as a tradition, we are publishing some scientific reports coming from the last annual Euroanaesthesia (Vienna 2019) and from the incoming Focus Meeting (Rome, October 2019) Fernando Gilsanz Fernando.gilsanz@salud.madrid.org In the history of anaesthesia there are reports of at least 108 self-experiments, where the primary or lead investigator used themselves as research subject. Inhalation agents, muscle relaxants, local anaesthetics, regiona...

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology

In 2010 the European Board of Anaesthesiology/European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)and the European Society of Anaesthesiology launched the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology which provides a shared European opinion of what is worth doing and practical to improve patient safety in perioperative care. 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration and provides a timely opportunity to build on the growing momentum of national, European and global...

Once again: a unique specialty

Gabriel  M. Gurman Chief editor gurman@bgu.ac.il In the last years, since I became ESAIC Newsletter chief editor, I have had more than one opportunity to refer to the fact that anaesthesiology is a medical domain which, for many reasons, does not resemble any other. We are special because of the many demands the profession has towards its physicians, because of the high responsibility for the patient’s life, and because of the vast amount of theoretical knowledge needed to practice it, doub...

A brief guide for trainees interested in undertaking a fellowship or working in the USA

Kyle Robinson President-Elect, Resident Component, American Society of Anesthesiologists robinsky@ohsu.edu We hope to provide a brief overview of the requirements to train or work as an anesthesiologist in the United States as a Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG). This is intended to be nothing more than friendly advice and a starting point for someone considering anesthesia options within the United States. This document was put together using public licensing and board certification websites with...