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The ESAIC is dedicated to supporting professionals in anaesthesiology and intensive care by serving as the hub for development and dissemination of valuable educational, scientific, research, and networking resources.



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.


Professional Growth

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.


EU Projects

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.


Patient Safety

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.



Becoming a member of ESAIC implies becoming a part of a vibrant community of nearly 8,000 professionals who exchange best practices and stay updated on the latest developments in anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine. ESAIC membership equips you with the tools and resources necessary to enhance your daily professional routine, nurture your career growth, and play an active role in advancing anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine.

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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 is fixed to 5 cmH2O, suggesting clinical outcomes may not improve with only low tidal volume strategy [2].


Optimal PEEP for individualized patient care

The optimal PEEP is defined as the PEEP setting that leads to the lowest intrapulmonary shunt without compromising cardiac output [3]. Evidence shows that transpulmonary pressure can be effectively used to guide PEEP setting. It is recommended to limit the transpulmonary pressure less than 20-25 cmH2O at the end of inspiratory to reduce lung strain overstretching of the alveoli [4].

But how do we better monitor transpulmonary pressure to make sure it stays on a proper level?


Recruitment maneuvers

A wide variety of recruitment maneuvers have been reported and used in practice, including sustained inflation, stepwise increase of tidal volume ventilation, incremental PEEP procedure, etc. The best recruitment maneuver technique may vary according to the specific patients and circumstances [1].

So how is lung recruitment properly done in the operating room?

To answer the questions above, read/download the full article at: https://www.mindray.com/en/static/euroanaesthesia2020.html

Or watch the A9 Anesthesia System Global Launch Event: https://youtu.be/XHnWbpG6GKc




  1. Andreas Güldner, Thomas Kiss, Ary Serpa Neto, et al., Intraoperative Protective Mechanical Ventilation for Prevention of Postoperative Pulmonary Complications, Anesthesiology 2015; 123:692-713
  2. Dharshi Karalapillai, Laurence Weinberg, Philip Peyton et al., Effect of Intraoperative Low Tidal Volume vs Conventional Tidal Volume on Postoperative Pulmonary Complications in Patients Undergoing Major Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial, JAMA,. 2020 Sep 1;324 (9):848-858.
  3. M.J. Civetta, T.A. Barnes, L.O. Smith“Optimal PEEP” and intermittent mandatory ventilation in the treatment of acute respiratory failure. Respiratory Care 1975; 20: 551–7.
  4. Lorenzo Ball, Federico Costantino, Martina Fiorito, et al., Respiratory mechanics during general anaesthesia, Ann Transl Med 2018;6(19):379


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