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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.



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Newsletter 2023

Newsletter September 2023: ESAIC Advanced Patient Safety Course

Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

6 – 7 March 2023 


Dr Daniel Arnal, Madrid, Spain 

Prof. Dr Benedikt Preckel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Dr. Maria Lema Tome, Madrid, Spain

In early 2023, we held the second edition of the ESAIC Advanced Patient Safety Course in Amsterdam. For the second time, this course was completely sold out. Amsterdam is an excellent location for this event and is very easy to travel to. Attendees also joined the faculty for a meal on the evening of the first day to have a chance to experience local culture. We had attendees register from all over Europe and even from Australia and Kenya. The APSC remains an extremely popular course for ESAIC members.  

What is the APSC? 

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

It is also important to point out that 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.    

Who is this course for?  

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 locations where acute patients are treated.  

“Fantastic course, a must for every anesthesiologist. Should be in the basic package of the training.”  

One of the unique aspects of this course is the use of 360 videos. Attendees use special headsets where they can insert their smartphones. This allows them to watch the scenarios in an immersive way, experiencing the clinical; event as if they are in the same room. After watching these videos, they work in small groups to identify different safety aspects. Experienced faculty then give a detailed debriefing to illustrate the crucial points.  

This course is highly interactive from the first introduction sessions. Participants are drawn into discussion and group activities. Experiences are shared, and they can see that colleagues in different countries experience safety issues in unique ways. We regularly receive feedback that this is vital to the interactive work.  

“I highly recommend taking this course as it gives us a condensed perspective on patient safety and allows us to exchange experiences among different healthcare systems and countries.” 

“Excellent course with high-quality education materials – the videos were interesting and well-made, and the manual is superb. Loved the discussion on the course with colleagues from other countries – there was a real sense of openness and honesty from all participants.”  

What makes this course unique? 

  • Attendees will understand a fully integrated vision of the patient safety culture during intensive care and anaesthesia, applicable to all acute settings.   
  • The programme provides a framework to apply patient safety tools in different situations.   
  • Attendees will train in the methodology to learn from errors, the importance of critical incident reporting, system analysis, corrective action implementation and feedback.   
  • Attendees will be offered an experience of the importance and relevance of human factors and practice resources to improve resolving crisis situations in acute settings.   
  • We encourage attendees to advocate for patient safety in their work environments.   
  • We help attendees join patient safety-related networks.    

The course is accompanied by an extensive manual of over 100 pages that can be used as a resource even after the course ends. It provides follow-up reading, connections to resources and critical advice for supporting the learning that took place.