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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 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 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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Congress Newsletter 2021

EA21 Newsletter: The Sir Robert MacIntosh Lecture - “Anaesthesia Workforce Pipeline: Pass on the Baton”

Friday December 17, 10:00 – 10:30 – Channel 2

This year’s Sir Robert Macintosh lecture discussing the anaesthesia workforce will be given by Professor of Anaesthesia Bisola Onajin-Obembe, the University of Port Harcourt and Consultant Anaesthesiologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria.

She will explain that the insufficient surgical workforce including a lack of physician led-anaesthesia care is a major barrier to safe essential and emergency care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The global surgical workforce map showed that a third of the world is served by only 12% of the specialist surgical workforce. The global anaesthesia workforce map showed that anaesthesiologists are scarce in LMIC.

The concept of an “anaesthesia workforce pipeline” refers to a pool of anaesthetists ready to work at all the levels required within a country’s healthcare system. The concept of “pass on the baton” is an allusion to a relay race in which one runner hands a baton to the next runner. Therefore, passing the baton occurs when we successfully hand over a particular duty or responsibility, this technique allows us to pass the baton to the next generation.

Professor Onajin-Obembe says: “I will illustrate the failure to pass the baton using the most recent experience in Uganda. Although the country enjoyed international partnerships prior to the coronavirus pandemic, they left Uganda without a prepared workforce. This is because of failure to train and empower the next generation of specialists to pass the baton to.”

Nigeria enjoyed international partnerships in the early 1960s following an initiative taken by Dr Moses Majekodunmi, the Nigerian minister of health at that time. Dr Shirley Fleming from the University of Toronto, Canada organized the first autonomous department of anaesthesia in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa from 1962-1968. After training the workforce, Dr Shirley Fleming passed on the baton to the next departmental chair, namely Dr Wesley Famewo who later passed it on to Dr Dorothy Foulkes-Crabbe. This Canadian-Nigerian Collaboration influenced the growth of anaesthesia in Nigeria and Africa.

Professor Onajin-Obembe concludes: “I will share the outcome of an implementation action research using the diploma in anaesthesia (DA) programme of the West African College of Surgeons. It is participatory and can strategically increase the anaesthesia workforce pipeline. The DA can contribute to scaling up anaesthesia services, strengthening the workforce, as well as encourage ‘brain gain’ as demonstrated at the Federal Medical Center, Abuja, Nigeria.”


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