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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.

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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 2021

Newsletter February 2021: A new reality in out-of-O.R. sedation

Liliana Suárez

Anaesthesiologist, Scientific Director, HYPNOS Sedaciones. Bogotá, Colombia.



Today’s society has never faced a situation like the current crisis: a pandemic due to SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome 2) and its disease COVID-19; which has led to drastic changes in lifestyle regardless of academic, cultural, racial, religious, political or economic considerations.

Each country in the world has had to implement different policies to try to meet the requirements that the disease demands and to be able to offer the opportunity for all the sick to have access to health, and all these policies have significantly impacted the activity of anaesthesiologists; the main one has included the elimination of non-essential surgeries and other procedures, the shift of efforts from perioperative to critical care services, and planning for a “new reality” after the first wave of the pandemic (1).

This “new reality” in the exercise of out-of-operating anaesthesia specifically in procedures under sedation has involved an increase in standard management recommendations such as hand washing and additionally the use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) as barrier devices against COVID-19.

This dynamic concept that the global anaesthesia community will need to adopt from now on will create a new reality that will affect the individual, family, collective, social, and economic life, and create a new occupational environment for anaesthetists (2).

All these changes translate into the development of new protocols of patient management to continue offering safe sedation, taking into account that health personnel, the patient and their family should be protected, and not forgetting the constant need of the population to have outpatient procedures in the different areas of health (adult and paediatric dentistry, adult and pediatric gastroenterology, gynaecology, urology, aesthetic medicine, diagnostic imaging, etc.).

It is worth highlighting the importance of classifying the population in the pandemic period by COVID-19, according to the risk survey that is carried out on the patient at the time of scheduling the procedure, in order to identify whether the procedure can be performed and the level of exposure risk that health personnel have. Taking into account this new panorama to which the disease exposes us, where we are all considered potential transmitters, one of the most important factors is PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for the health personnel performing the procedure, the patient and the patient’s companion after sedation, including the administrative and general service staff of each practice (3).

We are considered a speciality of leadership, and in this moment of history, we are required to work as a team more than ever, so that with the proper application of each of the protocols that each institution handles according to the best current evidence and the government standards of each country we can safely offer all patients’ compliance with the “should be” in sedation procedures outside the operating room.



  1. Miller, T. R., & Radcliff, T.A. (2020). . Anesthesia and analgesia, 131(1), 112–116. https://doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000004882..
  2. Calabrese, G. Colombian Journal of Anesthesiology 2020;48:105 doi: 10.1097/CJ9.000000000000000175.
  3. Suárez Aguilar L. Colombian Journal of Anesthesiology. 2020;48:e929.


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