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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.


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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.


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 March 2024: Barcelona – a city easy to adore

As a young specialist, it was a great pleasure to learn I could participate in the ESAIC Exchange Programme. Realising it would be in Barcelona was even better. When writing about this experience, it is simply impossible to talk only about the medical part of it. Barcelona is a city so easy to adore. Although expensive and, in certain areas, somewhat unsafe, it is charming, full of life and beautiful. Not only because of its architecture and the magnificent Antoni Gaudí but also because of the beautiful people that occupy that beautiful place. Occupy is a word intentionally used. A word that causes headaches for the locals. I guess that is a part of the charm of the city, the contrast between such true beauty and the dangerous side of it, which makes a description of Barcelona weirdly similar to what a teenage girl dreams of a perfect boyfriend. 

Okay, enough about my love affair with the city. I was there to do business. My host was Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, and my lovely mentor was Marta Costa Reverte, alongside the Head of the Anaesthesiology Department, Maria José Colomina Soler. On my first day in the hospital, I was overwhelmed with kindness. Initially worried about my poor Spanish and non-existent knowledge of Catalan, I did not know how the communication would work. Although everybody kept repeating that they did not speak English, almost all of them did, and they did it well. For the first part of the exchange, I rotated in Reanimacío d’Urgencies or shortly Rea. 

The Spanish healthcare system is very different from most European systems in that intensive care medicine is a separate speciality from anaesthesiology. In short, Rea is an anaesthesia-managed ICU for urgent postsurgical admissions, and the patients requiring prolonged ICU stay are usually transferred to the general ICU. This was completely new for me, coming from a hospital where anaesthesiologists are intensivists and manage almost all available ICU beds. They handle it in a very detailed and committed manner. What I will take home from REA is how trainees work, how they are actively encouraged to treat patients, communicate with senior staff, and how they do morning rounds. What was also great was that I could see neurophysiologists at work in Rea. Maastricht class III organ donations are also routinely performed; it was a real opportunity to witness it. What was also a learning opportunity was to listen to “passe de guardia” and realise that when something is full of medical technical phrases, my otherwise poor knowledge of Spanish becomes sufficient to understand shift handovers.  

The second part of the rotation was in Cardiac anaesthesia, entering the operation theatre block, where I stayed for the rest of the exchange. Cardiac anaesthesia is considered top tier among hospital anaesthesiologists and has met the expectations. It is standardised and protocolised, and almost all anaesthesiologists have an EACTAIC diploma in TEE, which was a great learning opportunity. Patient blood management is done meticulously, rarely requiring blood transfusions, a result of great teamwork between anaesthesia, surgeons and perfusionists and where I learned one of the best words – “prolenepenia”, which is to be added to my vocabulary for the traditional surgeon-anaesthesiologist bickering. The Anaesthesia Department at this hospital does not have anaesthesia nurses, something not typical for the rest of Barcelona or Spain. Seeing all of that, both the similarities and the differences from my previous experiences, was great. 

The last but not least part of the rotation was Neuroanaesthesiology. Compared to the hospital I come from, the rotation where everything was the most different from my previous experiences. The approach and the scope of the procedures they perform are remarkable. Speaking about this part of the rotation, I must mention the chief of Neuroanaesthesiology, Laura Contreras López, an inspirational person, a “badass she boss”. If you are reading this by chance, thank you for letting me see how compassion and uncompromising attitude coexist.  

This brings me to the final part of this far too short format to mention all the positive aspects of the exchange. Women run Spanish medicine. This is a direct result of a rigorous and unbiased national trainee selection process, something that the Spanish people can be proud of and could serve as a role model for other countries where better practice may exist. 

Thank you, ESAIC, Marta, Maylin, Laura, Laura, Elena, One, Peter, Enric, Ester, Gerrard, Eva, Roser, Ariadna, Sara, Marc and the rest of the people for the beautiful experience! 


  • Erika Šuper-Petrinjac (MD) – DESAIC, Rijeka, Croatia