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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.

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.



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Newsletter 2022

Newsletter September 2022: Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety Evolution & impact over the last 12 years

Prof. Jannicke Mellin-Olsen

nl-august-32-4-16ESAIC will be organising its first World Patient Safety Awareness week from 12 until 19 September 2022, coinciding with the celebration of World Patient Safety Day on 17 September. On this occasion, Marie-Hélène Lattes interviewed Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Committee member and the driving force of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology.

What are the main principles and aims of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology?

The Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology describes all elements and roles of all different stakeholders to ensure that we can provide safe care to our patients in anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine.

What is the role of education in Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care?

Education in patient safety will empower all stakeholders to contribute with their share to ensure that no patient is harmed when they trust us to safeguard their life and health when they are at their most vulnerable during our care.

Since its initial signing in 2010, how did the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology impact patient safety?

Since 2010, there is has been increased attention to patient safety in general, so there would have been improvements even without the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology. But there is no doubt that the Declaration is a visible hub for anaesthesiologists, acting as inspiration and roadmap for how to improve safety for our patients.

How do you see the future of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, and what will be the main challenges for the years to come?

The Declaration content has been robust, but we will need to update the text. I hope and believe that it will continue to be that inspiration and roadmap as it has been until now. The main challenges in the years to come are the workforce, culture, and funding of healthcare. All stakeholders must unite to improve patient safety, reduce avoidable harm and provide high-quality treatment and care for patients, and also ensure that the well-being of healthcare personnel is maintained.

To conclude, what will be your main message around Patient Safety and what are the main challenges and opportunities for improvement in the future?

Five out of the seven billion people in this world do not have access to safe and affordable anaesthesia and surgery. The WHO reports that one in ten patients in high-income counties suffers preventable harm during hospital stays. This is due to many factors, like lack of educated health care personnel, medication shortage and harm, infections, problems during the transition of care, unsafe culture, politicians’, and decision makers’ priorities and more.  Much has been improved during the last years, but some further improvements are still low-hanging fruit. The Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety provides us with a good roadmap to improve urgent patient safety concerns.

Thank you, Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, for sharing with us great insights about Patient Safety.

More than ever, ESAIC is committed to leading the way in patient safety and ensuring the best care for every patient. Together with healthcare leaders and practitioners, ESAIC will continue its efforts to improve patient safety by providing tools, resources, and educational courses, by leading activities, amongst others, such as Safer Care to Save Lives, a patient safety education project, and by being part of EU SAFEST, an ambitious 4-year project funded under the new cycle of the EU’s framework for research and innovation, Horizon Europe to improve patient safety along the journey before, during, and after surgery.]

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