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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.


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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.


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.


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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 COVPD1: Ethics and triage in COVID-19

Monday 30 November, 1115-1215H, Channel 10

The first talk in this session is ‘triage in COVID-19 – who should be ventilated?’ and will be presented by Professor Caterina Aurilio, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Naples, Italy.

“The ethical question created by the COVID-19 pandemic is how to handle a large number of severe patients, which simultaneously need ventilators for respiratory support,” says Prof Aurilio. “Many guidelines have been developed by health systems of several countries in order to provide available treatments in intensive care and to reduce the burden on doctors who need to determine which patients get to access to scarce resources. These recommendations were controversial and criticised as potentially discriminatory to elderly patients and/or those with disability.”

She will discuss how in ethics there are two approaches to this problem: egalitarianism and utilitarianism. According to egalitarianism, every person should be treated equally according to need: equal treatment to equal need. Utilitarianism requires consideration of the probability of success, length and quality of life.

Among the current practice guidelines, Prof Aurilio will highlight those produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (UK), that has issued guidelines that are neither utilitarian nor egalitarian. “They differentiate between people on the basis of the probability of survival but not on the discrimination of age or disability,” she explains. “Triage should be implemented to reduce demand on critical care and to provide treatment to those with the greatest probability of survival. It seems simple to act on the decision, according to guidelines, taking care that critical patients should not be considered a mathematical choice, but a moral choice.”

Later in this session, Professor Marcus Schultz (Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand and Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) will address “Pragmatic recommendations for care of COVID-19 patients in low and middle-income countries.

He will explain the management of patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19) is mainly based on care for patients with severe pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) from other causes, and these recommendations are based on evidence that mainly originates from investigations in resource-rich intensive care units (ICUs), mostly located in high–income countries (HICs).

Often, it is impractical to apply these recommendations to resource-restricted settings. The ‘COVID–LMIC Task Force’, an international task force with members from HICs with direct experience in various LMICs settings has critically appraised a list of questions regarding important aspects of care in patients with severe COVID–19. Prof Schultz will highlight a series of practical recommendations adopting evidence from HICs after pragmatic and experience-based appraisal, and focusing on various aspects, including feasibility, availability, affordability and safety, that will be published soon in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

In the other talk in this session, Professor Gary Mills (University of Sheffield, UK) will give a talk on the social burden of COVID-19.


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