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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.

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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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EA20 Newsletter: Session 01L3 – Hot topics in general anaesthesiology – last 12 months’ top publications


Presented Sunday 29 November, 1130-1215H, Channel 2

A review of some of the most important studies in the field of general anaesthesiology was presented on the middle day of Euroanaesthesia by Prof Mark Coburn, University Hospital Bonn, Germany. He divided his talk into three general areas: preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management, and curiosities and oddities.

Beginning with frailty, Professor Coburn discussed how this indicator has a substantial effect on outcomes and can be described by many indices, including the Clinical Frail Scale. The first paper Prof Coburn presented was from Anesthesia & Analgesia, “Prospective Comparison of Preoperative Predictive Performance Between 3 Leading Frailty Instruments”

This multicentre prospective cohort study looked at 645 elective non-cardiac surgery patients aged 65 years and over, with frailty compared to traditional risk factors. The Clinical Frailty Scale, the Fried phenotype frailty criteria, the Frailty Index, and traditional risk factors like age, sex, ASA stage and type of surgery were all included in the analysis. The primary outcome was death or new disability within 90 days. The study found that all types of assessment performed well in assessing death or new disability, however, in predicting adverse discharge, only the Clinical Frailty Scale performed satisfactorily.

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Continuing with Frailty, Prof Coburn assessed a systematic review from Anesthesiology: “Accuracy and Feasibility of Clinically Applied Frailty Instruments before Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”. This found that the Clinical Frailty Scale has the strongest association with mortality and non-favourable discharge, while for complications, it is the Edmonton Frail Scale, and for delirium, the Frailty Phenotype rated the highest. For the feasibility of use, overall the Clinical Frailty Scale again came out on top. Prof Coburn also gave a brief pictorial description of the nine categories of the Clinical Frailty Scale, from very fit to terminally ill.

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Among the papers discussed in intraoperative management were some related to COVID-19, including a study in Ananesthesia: “Risks to healthcare workers following tracheal intubation of patients with COVID‐19: a prospective international multicentre cohort study”.

This study of 1,718 healthcare workers from 503 hospitals in 17 countries shows that overall, 1 in 10 (10.7%) healthcare workers involved in intubating seriously ill patients with novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) later reports symptoms (8.4%) or lab-confirmed COVID-19 (3.1%) themselves. Promisingly, most participants were found to be using WHO minimum standard personal protective equipment.

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Another included study was from The Lancet: “Anaesthetic depth and complications after major surgery: an international, randomised controlled trial”. This study included 18,000 patients aged 60 years and over from 7 countries, assessing light (BIS 50) versus deep (BIS 35) anaesthesia for surgery lasting at least 2 hours. The study concluded among other results that among patients at increased risk of complications after major surgery, light general anaesthesia was not associated with lower 1-year mortality than deep general anaesthesia.

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These are just a handful of the studies discussed by Prof Coburn in his talk, with others including several on the environmental sustainability of anaesthesia and the emissions the speciality causes, and in the ‘oddity’ section a paper on soft drink consumption and mortality. To view the whole talk, please go to the On-Demand section of the Euroanaesthesia virtual platform.


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