Future Directions for ESAIC acting as Academic Contract Research Organisation


The European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Clinical Trial Network has been initiated on 2010 at the request of the ESAIC Research Committee and approval by the ESAIC Board of Directors with the primary aim to provide an infrastructure for  Institutions,  clinicians and scientists allowing to work across borders to improve the care of patients in the field of Anaesthesiology,  Intensive  Care  Medicine,  Peri-Operative  Medicine,  Emergency  Medicine and Pain Medicine. International networks all over the world have demonstrated the advantages of collaboration to address and answer clinically relevant research questions. Long-term collaborative relationships within research, education and clinical practice require dedicated resources and infrastructure enabling access to the entire clinical community.

Progressing with needs 

Entrusted by hundreds of hospitals, academic, and government organisations worldwide, ESAIC represents a powerful and rapidly growing alternative to study organisation and management for clinical research.  As a non-profit organisation, ESAIC provides a uniquely efficient, flexible, and low-cost way of managing different types of clinical studies.

The ESAIC A-CRO is focusing on three highly interrelated actions: 

  • Support  studies  identifying  relevant  research  questions  related  mainly  to  Anaesthesia,  Intensive Care Medicine, Peri-Operative Medicine, Emergency  Medicine  or  Pain  Medicine, but also to other specialities (nutrition, respiratory  diseases,  transfusion,  thrombosis,  cardiology,  etc.) when they  are  related  to anaesthesiology
  • Foster collaborations between  ESAIC  members of various countries as well as with other organisations to improve patient outcome and anaesthesia  Intensive  Car Medicine, Peri-Operative Medicine,  Emergency  Medicine or  Pain Medicine practice.
  • Enforce quality and Good Clinical Practice in the study coordination support and data management

ESAIC has its own infrastructure, processes and competencies to act as an Academic Contract Research Organisation. The mission of the A-CRO is to invest in education and research for the benefit of the patients, ESAIC wants to further collaborate with institutional stakeholders, universities and industry to support them in their research objectives.

  • Interventional study
  • Observational study on request
  • Research expert Groups (survey): Researchers and other experts debate and perform independently a survey on a certain topic or generic product on request of an Industry company. It allows the company to find answers on important questions and if relevant for the broader community, ESAIC can publish the results and/or develop guidelines, produce an e-learning module etc.

Ongoing Projects

Studies in preparation are related to the HES Project. HES or Hydroxyethyl starch is one of the most frequently used colloids for volume substitution.

Trauma HES Study

PragmaTic, prospEctive, randomized, controlled, double-blind, mulTi-centre, multinational study on the safety and efficacy of a 6% HydroxYethyl Starch (HES) solution versus an electrolyte solution in trauma patients

Study Sponsor: Fresenius Kabi

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Perioperative HES Study

Prospective, randomized, controlled, double-blind, multi-centre, multinational study on the safety and efficacy of a 6% Hydroxyethyl starch (HES) sOlution versus an Electrolyte solutioN In patients undergoing eleCtive abdominal Surgery

Study Sponsor: Fresenius Kabi

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