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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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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 2023

Newsletter March 2023: Patient Safety and Quality Committee 2022 report

Benedikt Preckel
Chair of the ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Committee

Last year was busy yet fruitful for the Patient Safety and Quality Committee.

Two main projects kept the committee members, as well as previous members who were co-opted for the different projects, busy:

  1. Safer Care to Save Lives – a complete training programme built on the Helsinki Declaration’s overarching principles and aimed at providing fundamental knowledge on patient safety in acute settings. While we are still busy developing the “Essential Patient Safety Course”, a series of eLearning modules for beginners, we have delivered different courses, both face-to-face and online, addressing all the other learning profiles, from beginners to experts, in the Advanced Patient Safety Course, the Helsinki Declaration Simulation Masterclass and the Patient Safety Masterclass. The subsequent events will be the Advanced Patient Safety Course on March 6 and 7 in Amsterdam (NL), the Helsinki Declaration Simulation Masterclass on the 11th and 12th of May in Grenoble (FR), and the Patient Safety Masterclass on October 8-11 in Madrid (ES). In addition, the International Forum on Safety and Quality (ISQ) was organized in Milan (IT), and a new edition will be held on Friday, June 2, in Glasgow (UK).
  2. The Peer Review in Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (PRiPSAIC) project began in earnest in 2022, starting with a pilot visit to Glasgow, Scotland, to refine and test the project protocols. Having perfected the procedure, subsequent visits to Kaunas, Lithuania and Porvoo and Tampere, Finland, showed how effective this project is in helping hospitals review their safety practices. In 2023, the project will visit the Republic of Moldovia and Czech Republic hospitals.
  3.  New to both the ESAIC and our Patient Safety Partners, representatives from the industry joined our Patient Safety Experts’ Meeting at Euroanaesthesia and our Patient Safety Partners Insight meeting to discuss how their valuable contribution to improved patient safety can be further developed in the future.

In 2023 we will expand the results of Safer Care to Save Lives and will continue our work on the different parts of this project. At the same time, we will launch new activities.

For my turn as chair of the PSQC, besides proceeding with the ongoing projects, I would like to start up two new activities: first, a Learning-from-Excellence initiative (sometimes described as Safety 2) and an update of the Helsinki Declaration, called HD 2.0, to be presented to ESAIC members during the congress in 2025, to keep the HD up-to-date and to challenge for the following years.

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