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The ESAIC hosts the Euroanaesthesia and Focus Meeting congresses that serve as platforms for cutting-edge science and innovation in the field. These events bring together experts, foster networking, and facilitate knowledge exchange in anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management, and perioperative medicine. Euroanaesthesia is one of the world’s largest and most influential scientific congresses for anaesthesia professionals. Held annually throughout Europe, our congress is a contemporary event geared towards education, knowledge exchange and innovation in anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and perioperative medicine, as well as a platform for immense international visibility for scientific research.


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The ESAIC's mission is to foster and provide exceptional training and educational opportunities. The ESAIC ensures the provision of robust and standardised examination and certification systems to support the professional development of anaesthesiologists and to ensure outstanding future doctors in the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care.



The ESAIC aims to advance patient outcomes and contribute to the progress of anaesthesiology and intensive care evidence-based practice through research. The ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN), the Academic Contract Research Organisation (A-CRO), the Research Groups and Grants all contribute to the knowledge and clinical advances in the peri-operative setting.

Learn more about the ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN) and the associated studies.


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The ESAIC is actively involved as a consortium member in numerous EU funded projects. Together with healthcare leaders and practitioners, the ESAIC's involvement as an EU project partner is another way that it is improving patient outcomes and ensuring the best care for every patient.


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The ESAIC aims to promote the professional role of anaesthesiologists and intensive care physicians and enhance perioperative patient outcomes by focusing on quality of care and patient safety strategies. The Society is committed to implementing the Helsinki Declaration and leading patient safety projects.



To ESAIC is committed to implementing the Glasgow Declaration and drive initiatives towards greater environmental sustainability across anaesthesiology and intensive care in Europe.



The ESAIC works in collaboration with industry, national societies, and specialist societies to promote advancements in anaesthesia and intensive care. The Industry Partnership offers visibility and engagement opportunities for industry participants with ESAIC members, facilitating understanding of specific needs in anaesthesiology and in intensive care. This partnership provides resources for education and avenues for collaborative projects enhancing science, education, and patient safety. The Specialist Societies contribute to high-quality educational opportunities for European anaesthesiologists and intensivists, fostering discussion and sharing, while the National Societies, through NASC, maintain standards, promote events and courses, and facilitate connections. All partnerships collectively drive dialogue, learning, and growth in the anaesthesiology and intensive care sector.



Guidelines play a crucial role in delivering evidence-based recommendations to healthcare professionals. Within the fields of anaesthesia and intensive care, guidelines are instrumental in standardizing clinical practices and enhancing patient outcomes. For many years, the ESAIC has served as a pivotal platform for facilitating continuous advancements, improving care standards and harmonising clinical management practices across Europe.



With over 40 years of publication history, the EJA (European Journal of Anaesthesiology) has established itself as a highly respected and influential journal in its field. It covers a wide range of topics related to anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine, including perioperative medicine, pain management, critical care, resuscitation, and patient safety.



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Newsletter 2020

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 of Brussels, and Dr Ruggero Corso from Morgagni Hospital in Forli) and three from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (Professor Kumar Belani from University of Minnesota, Associate Professor Richard Urman from Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston and Associate Professor Fred Shapiro from Harvard University). The webinar was led by the moderator, Dr. Zeev Goldik (Chair of Anesthesia Department at Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, Immediate Past President of the ESAIC).  The scientific support was provided by Dr. Reino Poyhia, Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki.

It was history in the making for both societies in teaming up and accomplishing such a successful webinar with 90% of participants ready to recommend the webinar and 81% of participants evaluating the webinar as ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ during the live broadcast.

It was a tremendously satisfying experience for all our team to not only develop the webinar content and  go through the live broadcast, but to see the audience engagement, the interactive aspect of the webinar and to be able to actively participate in the platform discussions, which allowed for shared information from both sides of the ocean.

The entire process gave us so many opportunities and challenges from the time allocation limitations to addressing the most up-to-date information. It created a sense of teamwork and situational awareness that surpassed even our expectations as we navigated our approaches, goals and content.

And that was our best accomplishment: to work fluidly as a team and to mutually support each other.

The webinar addressed multiple aspects of the more “historic” non-operating room anaesthesia (NORA), leaving room for the future to address “newer” NORA aspects: new interventional procedures, new cardiac catheterization procedures, etc.

Aspects that were covered were related to:

  1. The challenges presented by an older, sicker adult population, which mainly represents the NORA population.
  2. The preoperative evaluation and risk assessment for NORA patients.
  3. The intraprocedural standard of care and monitoring.
  4. Airway challenges in NORA patients.
  5. Postoperative complications.
  6. Paediatric population concerns.
  7. Office based anaesthesia challenges

The webinar featured an interactive, lively discussion that took audience questions and answered them on a dynamic journey. It allowed for a shared experience from both sides of the isle, as faculties took turns to answer. Aspects of practice differences between the US and Europe were highlighted and reviewed.

It also featured a pre-test and post-test that offered on both continents CME for the participants.

Most of the audience questions focused on patient safety guidelines, appropriate medications used in NORA and appropriate use of monitors.

It is the first such venture that incorporates views from US and European practice. While some aspects differ based on legal as well as cost containment constraints, it was remarkable to note how close the practice on both continents truly is. In an ever-increasing global world, the goal of standardised anaesthesia may soon become reality.

Aside from the statistical success, aside from the professional knowledge dissemination that the webinar achieved, as the chair of this venture I was mostly impressed by our dynamic, smooth and fluid collaboration.

From all those involved in making it an IT and marketing success, from those involved in coordinating all the materials, conference calls, editing,  to our make-up artists it was a seamless experience.

I could not end this without mentioning our speakers, the scientific support of Dr. Poyhia and the webinar moderator Dr. Zeev Goldik. They did an extraordinary job of delivering a timely, informational and up to date presentation that again, flowed seamlessly from and to both the Brussels and Chicago studios.

We as a team had a lot of fun working through the steps of making the webinar. The audience gave their approval stamp,with 349 viewers during the live webinar and 750 registrants. We hope registrations and viewers will continue to enjoy the webinar and earn CME in the process.

Both ASA and ESAIC are encouraged by such a well-received product, and will continue to look for avenues to replicate such ventures in the future, making this a multiannual event.

We hope in doing so to continue to deliver interesting content,  interactive discussion and continue to improve the learning process for our audience.