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Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Crisis Simulation Masterclass: Helsinki Declaration through High Fidelity Simulation

Course objectives

  • Learning based on personal online experience through a high-fidelity simulation centre. 
  • Experiencing crisis situations related to the Helsinki Declaration. 
  • Experience, practice and participate in debriefing in a safe environment. 
  • Conceptualize non-technical skills and human factors in the face of a crisis. 
  • Acquire a set of practical tools for routine clinical practice. 

Why Simulation?

Training anaesthesiologists in teamwork, leadership, task management, communication and the other concepts included in Crisis Resource Management can improve patient safety through transversal competencies that would increase individual, team and organizational resilience. There are new educational models that can help us improve patient safety. Simulation-based education is a learning technique used for almost four years decades in the field of healthcare. Its main role is acquiring skills and abilities within an environment as close as possible to reality. 

Dr Gaba defines simulation “as a technique – not a technology – to replace or amplify real experiences with directed scenarios that reproduce the substantial aspects of the world in a totally interactive way”. Simulation is an excellent tool for adult learning because it requires experiential learning. Through debriefing it also allows you to realise the need for change. 

Why the Helsinki Declaration?

The Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology from 2010 is the result of a consensus between both the European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA) and the ESAIC Board of Directors. It is signed by all ESAIC member societies represented in the National Association of Scientific Societies (NASC). This declaration lists a series of essential recommendations to improve patient safety in perioperative care. Among them, it lists a series of situations in which health organizations should promote the formation and adoption of practice guidelines that facilitate the proper handling of crises. 

The situations listed in the declaration are the following: 

Control of equipment | Pre-operative assessment and preparation | Labelling of syringes | Difficult/ failed intubation | Malignant Hyperthermia | Anaphylaxis | Local Anaesthetic Toxicity | Massive Haemorrhage | Infection control | Perioperative care and pain relief | Medication Errors. 

In addition, in the declaration, it is quoted verbatim: “Human factors play an important role in providing safe care to patients, and we will work with our fellow surgeons, nurses and others to achieve it.” 

Course Programme

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The ESAIC Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Crisis Simulation Masterclass: Helsinki Declaration through High Fidelity Simulation is a live programme with a 9-hour simulation workshop divided into two sessions with interactive elements, including five simulation cases. These will include Intensive Care and Theatre settings.  

During these 60-min sessions (Case + Debriefing), a challenging clinical scenario will be reproduced in a live fully immersive environment including a high-fidelity patient simulator (mannequin) in a realistic simulated scenario.  The scenario will run for 10-15 minutes with an intermediate 5-minute pause where attendees will be allocated to two breakout sessions to discuss their views and options with the case leaders.   

After each scenario, attendees will prepare the debriefing discussion. This will be facilitated by skilled instructors during a 30–40-minute live debriefing offering constructive feedback. This session will involve all participants.  

Pre-reading materials will be provided. 

This course is most suited to those who can speak and understand English at a high level.


  • Dr Daniel Arnal, Madrid, Spain 
  • Dr Julien Picard, Grenoble, France 

CME Credits

The European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) has granted this event 7 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).


Membership Type  Early Registration Fee  Late Registration Fee 
Active or Affiliate Member  € 410  € 480 
Active or Affiliate Members from Reduced Fee Countries  € 250  € 290 
Trainee and Allied Members  € 200  € 240 
Individual Society Members and Non-Member  € 490  € 590 

This event is VAT exempt 

Please find a list of reduced-fee countries here 

How to register

Registration is through myESAIC. 

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For more information, contact simulation@esaic.org