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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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Human Factors principles to ensure the safety of yourself, your patients, and your colleagues.

Human Factors principles to ensure the safety of yourself, your patients, and your colleagues. (ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Committee)

During these difficult times, we would ask you to take a moment to reinforce for yourself and your teams the importance of the following Human Factors principles to ensure the safety of your patients and your colleagues. Patient safety research tells us that in times of great stress, fatigue and pressure that the chances for error are greatly increased.

We would recommend the following principles:

  • Safety First, this should be the primary principle for treating all the patients in your care both those with COVID-19 and routine conditions. Safety First also applies to you and your staff colleagues who are the most important healthcare resource, already in short supply.
  • Please ensure that you are following strict infection control protocols in line with those issued in your department. This is extremely important.
  • Follow established checklists and, where possible, create new checklists to prevent missing important steps and equipment.
  • Clear communication is vital, try to make your communication more obvious than normal, and consider asking for confirmation that your message has been received correctly.
  • Team briefings/debriefings are more important than ever, they can ensure good team situational awareness so that everyone has a clear idea what is expected. Set realistic short-term goals that the team know they can achieve. Regular communication in your team is also vital for reinforcing trust and confidence.
  • Timely reporting of any brand-new critical incidents and rapid sharing any learning from them will be important as we are all starting to work in some uncharted territory.
  • Look after yourself as best you can and support each other to minimize stress levels. We know stress can compound the chances of errors occurring. Staff members will be more anxious than normal so find ways of establishing calm, focussed behaviours.

If you still have time, then organising drills or simulations scenarios to practice using PPEs correctly can be really useful. Many staff members will be unused to using these and will need extra practice to ensure they know what to do when the time comes.

ESAIC Patient Safety Committee