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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.


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 2022

Newsletter September 2022: The ESAIC Advanced Patient Safety Course - Creating ambassadors for Patient Safety

Alex Rawlings
ESAIC Patient Safety and Simulation Project Manager

The ESAIC Advanced Patient Safety Course is a new live course to teach patient safety tools to use in acute settings. We offer modern teaching using interactive group work and innovative 360-degree videos of key scenarios, followed by debriefing, to bring examples of critical situations to life. 

The APSC forms a key part of the Safer Care to Save Lives Programme, an ESAIC Patient Safety Education programme. The Safer Care to Save Lives Programme is a complete training path aimed at providing key knowledge on patient safety in acute settings: intensive care, anaesthesiology and perioperative care and emergency settings. It is built on the overarching principles of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, the European Consensus Statement of the 2020 multi-society Patient Safety Summit at the European Parliament, and the WHO multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum. It follows a stepwise, blended educational approach, including both online on-demand and live (either online or face-to-face) education. 

The ESAIC has for a long time worked to improve the standards and quality of safety for perioperative practice. Alongside the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, the ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Committee has been one of the most active groups at the society. Through masterclasses, workshops and regular content at Euroanaesthesia, education has been placed at the forefront of its efforts. Until patient safety strategies become fully integrated into healthcare practices, it remains up to individuals and teams to make change happen.  

Leadership in patient safety can take many forms and is not reliant on a position in a hierarchy. Healthcare professionals attending 100% of the ASPC and who pass the course assessment will hold the ESAIC Advanced Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Patient Safety Certificate. We propose that bearers of this certificate be regarded as patient safety champions within their own institutions.  These champions will have the key knowledge to bring fresh ideas to make practice safer.  

This event, which has proven so popular it is now sold out, will take place in Amsterdam on 19 & 20 September 20220. We are already working on plans to repeat this event in 2023. On our event page, you can find out more about this event, including registration fees. 

You can download a preliminary programme here. 

The APSC has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) for a maximum of 12 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). 

The APSC is aimed at all Health care professionals, patients and stakeholders interested in patient safety in acute settings: Intensive Care, Perioperative Care, Anaesthesia, Emergency and other settings where acute patients are treated.   

Learn by experiencing   

The educational targets focus on the following goals: 

  1. Offer a fully integrated vision of patient safety culture during intensive care and anaesthesia, which will be applicable to all acute settings.
  2. Provide a framework to apply patient safety tools in different situations.
  3. Train in the methodology of learning from errors, the importance of critical incident reporting, system analysis, corrective action implementation and feedback.
  4. Experience the value of human factors and practice resources to improve resolving crisis situations in acute settings as they happen.
  5. Encourage attendees to advocate for patient safety in their work environments.
  6. Help attendees join patient safety-related networks. 

The Advanced Patient Safety Course is a part of the ESAIC Safer Care to Save Lives Project, which is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from our Patient Safety Partners: Edwards Life Sciences, Getinge, Medtronic, Mindray and Philips Healthcare. 

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