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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.



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Newsletter 2021

Newsletter February 2021: The SARS-CoV-2 Virus: A Biopsychosocial Hazard for the Anaesthesiologist

Marcelino Murillo Deluque, Sebastian Amaya, Jose Jorge Maya Gomez, Valentina Monsalve, María Paula Pérez Mosquera


The SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted mainly by aerosols that can be produced when manipulating the airway of an infected patient, which translates to a greater risk of infection by direct contact to which the anaesthesiologist is exposed during surgery (1), through chemical contamination by halogenated anaesthetic residues, which can occur thanks to procedures such as intubation or extubation, and the use of badly positioned laryngeal masks, and circuit leaks (2).

Many common procedures done by anaesthesiologists such as endotracheal intubation and extubation, as well as tracheostomies have been reported to lead to high risk due to aerosol production and exposure. Meanwhile, non-invasive ventilation procedures and the use of a ventilatory mask pose a minor risk (3).

To further emphasize the risk that anaesthesiologists face, one can analyse the following international prospective study conducted in multiple health centres which recruited workers from 17 countries who performed tracheal intubations in patients with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19, with a sample size of 1,718 workers – and found that after 32 days of performing the first intubation 10.7% of the physicians reported being in preventive isolation, hospitalised with symptoms suggestive of infection or were laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 (4).

When evaluating the impact that SARS-CoV-2 has had on health professionals, the psychosocial aspect tends to be neglected; this is essential in the comprehensive analysis of the impact that the new health emergency has had on the health sector in Colombia. In Colombia, as a result of the increase in the need for health personnel, a significantly higher rate of exhaustion has been seen. Likewise, burnout has become increasingly more evident in professionals who work in the first line of care and has been characterised by emotional exhaustion, work inefficiency and depersonalisation (5).

On the other hand, in addition to facing emotional and physical adversities on a daily basis in their work, many anaesthesiologists and intensivists have been victims of threats and attacks by the relatives of their patients who threaten to physically degrade them or their families (6).

Among these threats, cases have been reported ranging from verbal intimidation to particular incidents such as that of a doctor in Atlántico (A department within Colombia) who received a funeral wreath at his home after the death of one of his patients. Similarly, discrimination by the general population towards health professionals has been evidenced in public places such as streets, shopping centres, supermarkets, public transportation and even in their places of residence, under the premise or belief that having contact with a health professional increases the risk of COVID-19 infection (6).

Up to May 13 of this year, 200 incidents were reported worldwide to the international committee of the Red Cross, numbers that continue to increase day by day in Latin America and if not handled properly, may have a psychological and biopsychosocial impact on many medical professionals (6). It is believed that many of these attacks are due to misinformation and misinterpretation that in most cases is disseminated by the media. This problem poses a threat to not only anaesthesiologists and intensivists, but to all health care workers if it is not corrected.

Many media outlets have been the source that perpetuates the stigmatisation of health professionals and will indirectly contribute to the abuse and discrimination of which they are victims; therefore, it is of utmost importance to ensure the clarity of every media article that is released in order to combat the wave of misunderstanding and protect health care workers everywhere.



  1.  [Journal Article] Galeano CA, Trujillo A. Recomendaciones para el manejo perioperatorio de pacientes con infección o sospecha de infección por COVID19.2020. Disponible en:https://scare.org.co/wp-content/uploads/Recomendaciones-COVID-19.pdf?ut m_source=Masiv&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=website
  2. [Journal Article] Aparicio Morales Antonio Ismael. Riesgo laboral en Anestesiología ante posible infección por coronavirus. Rev cuba anestesiol reanim [Internet]. 2020 Ago [citado 2020 Ago 26] ; 19( 2 ): e643. Disponible en: http://scielo.sld.cu/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1726-67182020000200 014&lng=es. Epub 20-Mayo-2020.
  3. [Journal Article] Cook, T. M., El-Boghdadly, K., McGuire, B., McNarry, A. F., Patel, A., & Higgs, A. (2020). Consensus guidelines for managing the airway in patients with COVID-19. Anaesthesia, 75(6), 785-799. doi:10.1111/anae.15054
  4. [Journal Article] El-Boghdadly K, Wong DJN, Owen R, Neuman MD, Pocock S, Carlisle JB, et al. Risks to healthcare workers following tracheal intubation of patients with COVID-19: a prospective international multicentre cohort study. Anaesthesia. 2020; 10.1111/anae.15170. doi: 10.1111/anae.15170
  5. [Journal Article] Udoji MA, Ifeanyi-Pillette IC, Miller TR, Lin DM. Workplace Violence Against Anesthesiologists: We are not Immune to this Patient Safety Threat. International anesthesiology clinics 2019;57(3):123-137.
  6. [Journal Article] Taylor Luke. Covid-19 misinformation sparks threats and violence against doctors in Latin America BMJ 2020; 370:m308


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