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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: Session COVS2: COVID-19 in children

Sunday 29 November, 1130-1230H, Channel 1

It appears that children have been spared the worst of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, with cases of serious disease very low and deaths extremely rare. However, research continues into the effects on children, especially their involvement in chains of transmission.

In the first of this three-part session on COVID-19 in children, Dr Nicola Disma, (Chair of Research & Innovation Unit at the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genoa, Italy) will discuss the implications of this new disease for paediatric anaesthesia. “Children are typically susceptible to influenza complications, but luckily they have experienced lower rates of COVID-19 disease compared with adults, and paediatric mortality is extremely low,” he explains. “Among children who became ill, the clinical presentation is similar to adults, with respiratory and cardiovascular compromise.”

However, he will explain that, despite the lower prevalence in the paediatric population the impact on paediatric anaesthesia practice is enormous for the following reasons:

  • Children’s hospitals have had to restructure their organisation and staff to support Covid-hospitals of the same city/region and territory health care system.
  • Children coming for elective care must with tested with their parents to safely maintain paediatric hospitals as Covid-free.
  • Protecting the staff is crucial with the judicious use of personal protective equipment and the application of pathways.
  • Paediatric anaesthesia research is disrupted due to difficulty in obtaining consent from parents and organising clinical follow-up.
  • There is a significant psychological impact of Covid-19 pandemic in children mainly due to social isolation, which might affect surgical and anaesthesia outcomes.


The second talk in this session will be given by Associate Professor Daniele De Luca, President-Elect of the  European Society for Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care based at Antoine Béclère Medical Centre, Paris, France. “Paediatric and neonatal COVID-19 does exist. although in the beginning, we thought that this would have not happened. COVID-19 hits the paediatric population, and it is not yet clear which patient age group is more at risk among children.”

He will discuss how, unfortunately, severe cases needing critical care (for respiratory, cardiovascular or multi-organ failure) have been reported in children of all ages including neonates. Furthermore, the vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has now been clearly demonstrated and although rare, it is possible.

The evidence for the best use of personal protective equipment and barriers is the subject of the final talk, given by Dr Clyde Matava of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.


Read More of our special newsletter covering our virtual congress

Visit our COVID-19 Resource Hub for other news and resources.