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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.

Learn more about the ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN) and the associated studies.


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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.



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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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Newsletter 2022

Newsletter August 2022: Literary corner - The father sin

A note from the Chief Editor: We are pleased to initiate a new rubric, the Literary corner, in which we intend to publish short stories related to our profession and daily activity. The readers and ESAIC members are encouraged and invited to contribute to this new initiative.

Andrei Schwartz, MD

My patient, P.T., was a 70-yrs old man with grey hair and long feet, so long that it was difficult to accommodate them in a normal hospital bed. He was planned to pass a partial resection of the prostate, and I was assigned to anaesthetise him.

It was very quiet that afternoon in the urology clinic, and I found him alone in the ward. I examined him, also his chart, and finally, I explained the main points regarding the anaesthesia procedure.

-As you see, doctor, this would be the first operation in my life, I am happy that you find me fit for this, but I would like to know who would be my surgeon?

I thought for a moment, and then I said to him that I have no idea, but at the same time, I tried to find what was behind that question:

-Is that so important for you? In our hospital, all the specialists in urology are very good, with excellent results in this specific procedure you are planned to pass….

My patient moved his view to the window, then to the door, and once again back to me:

-I heard that one of them is Dr K.J. Is that right?

-Indeed, I answered on the spot. He is one of the best…..

-Yes, maybe, but…..

It was easy to understand that he, my patient, hesitated to share with me his thoughts, but eventually, he overcame his own feelings:

-I’ll tell you…..He is the son of my former commander in the army, an odious guy, a man who made our life miserable for years … I do not want to have any connection whatsoever with his son….

The next day, my patient, Mr P.T. was the second on the operating list. He was brought to the waiting room. I met him there and saw on his face clear signs of anxiety. He was restless, it seemed that he could not find his place on the stretcher, and his eyes moved all the time from one side to another as if looking for somebody or something.

-It is him, he told me. He visited me last night, and I was coward enough to refuse his services….Doctor, please take care of me; I do not want to die!

I tried to do my best, I reassured him about Dr K.J.’s abilities and expertise and injected 2 mg of midazolam in his open vein.

-One more thing, he told me before becoming somnolent. Please, make anything that I would not see his face during surgery!

The procedure was done under spinal, but I kept my patient relaxed and calm by injecting small i-v doses of midazolam during the intervention.

Mr P.T. woke up completely in the recovery room. He was hemodynamically stable, and his urine started to clear up in just a couple of hours.

The next day I was too busy to visit my patient, but he looked for me on the morning of his discharge from the hospital:

-Thanks a lot, doctor, for your help. I had no problem during surgery, and this is due to you…..And it seems that now I am healthy once again…. One more thing. I have no doubt that in the future if I would have any urological problem, my doctor will be Dr K.J. It is written in our books that sons do not have to pay for the sins of their fathers, isn’t it?!

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