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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.


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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.



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.



Becoming a member of ESAIC implies becoming a part of a vibrant community of nearly 8,000 professionals who exchange best practices and stay updated on the latest developments in anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine. ESAIC membership equips you with the tools and resources necessary to enhance your daily professional routine, nurture your career growth, and play an active role in advancing anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine.

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Newsletter 2020

Newsletter September 2020: Fighting the COVID-19...doing the impossible

Sanja Golubic, Natasha Lambevska, Slavica Boncanoska

“City General Hospital 8th September”  Skopje, North Macedonia



In March our hospital was renamed as a COVID-19 hospital where all the COVID-19 positive or suspected patients who needed emergency surgery or some other interventions  (coronary catheterisation, angioplasty, dialysis)  were admitted. This includes also hospitalisation and treatment of more severe confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 who needed mechanical ventilation.

We all worked as a team. In the beginning, we were a bit scared because we were facing the unknown. The proper usage of personal protective equipment was maybe the most important thing because our role anaesthesiologists mean that we have maybe the highest risk of COVID-19 infection because of the aerosol-generating procedures that we actually do in our everyday work.

We remember in December when we first heard about the existence of COVID-19, It seemed so far from us and our country and so unreal and we had to face the challenge when the first case appeared. We faced a complete reorganisation in our hospital, creating different pathways, learning about our obligations during admission and patient treatment. We had special lessons and practice at first until the moment came when the first three patients were admitted in the COVIDICU and put on mechanical ventilation. It was very hard to work dressed in full personal protective equipment. The fear among us existed on every emergency call whether it was for cardiopulmonary reanimation or emergency surgery for COVID positive patients.

We felt exhausted, dehydrated, with a lost sense of touch on our fingers. The role of anaesthesia residents is very important. We all work as a team with our specialists, ICU and anaesthetic nurses. During 24-hour shifts, there were moments when we worked dressed for more than 6-8 hours continuously in a medical suit. In our hospital, there were around 20-30 hospital admissions per day with severe cases of COVID-19 who needed mechanical ventilation or emergency surgery or an emergency procedure.

There were patients who developed severe complications in a short period of time or during transport and unfortunately we couldn’t do anything. The truth is we are facing a pandemic and it is very scary, new and challenging. We are facing the fear of the unknown, discovering new treatments, new techniques for treating patients, new ways of protecting ourselves, protecting our families. We, as residents, are proud to be part of this battle even it is very hard, even if it sometimes seems impossible, but the feeling at the end when we take patients off ventilators and save their lives and send them home in good health is the light at the end of the tunnel…those are the moments we are training for.


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