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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.


EU Projects

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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Pose-Trial Research Group

The study has been published!

The POSE-Trial Research Group aimed to describe the 30-day mortality of patients aged 80 years and older undergoing surgical and nonsurgical procedures under anaesthesia in Europe and to identify risk factors associated with mortality.

POSE was able to include data from 9497 patients from 177 hospitals in 20 countries. This is a great success from the ESAIC POSE-Trial RG and would not have been possible without the exceptional support from the POSE-Study group! Please find below the link to the EJA Open Access publication of the main analysis and the first subgroup analysis.

  • POSE-Study group. Peri-interventional outcome study in the elderly in Europe: A 30-day prospective cohort study. Eur J Anaesthesiol 202; doi: 10.1097/EJA.0000000000001639. Online ahead of print.
  • Ana Kowark, Moritz Berger, Rolf Rossaint, Matthias Schmid, Mark Coburn, POSE-Study group. Association between benzodiazepine premedication and 30-day mortality rate: A propensity-score weighted analysis of the Peri-interventional Outcome Study in the Elderly (POSE). Eur J Anaesthesiol 2021; doi: 10.1097/EJA.0000000000001638. Online ahead of print.


Primary: To determine the peri-interventional (surgical and non-surgical interventional) all-cause mortality rate on day 30.

Secondary: To assess an array of post-interventional major complications and functional and cognitive outcomes until the post-interventional day 30.

Study design

European multi-centre, prospective observational cohort study with the aim to Include 7500 patients in total.
Recruitment period: 30 days (self-selected by each centre)

Follow-up period per patient: 30 days after intervention

Inclusion criteria

  1. Age ≥ 80 years
  2. Written informed consent prior to study participation
  3. All consecutive patients undergoing surgical and non-surgical interventions (e.g. radiological, neuroradiological, cardiological, gastroenterological) with anaesthesia care (performed by an anaesthetist) within the selected inclusion period of 30 days
  4. Elective and emergency procedures
  5. In-patient and out-patient procedures

Exclusion criteria

  1. People who are institutionalized by a court or administrative order
  2. Patients with re-intervention within the 30 days recruitment period, who were already enrolled in this study

Website POSE



The EJA Podcast collection…Q&A with Prof. Mark Coburn, author of the “POSE study” articles

Contact Person

Mark Coburn (University Hospital RWTH Aachen): mcoburn@ukaachen.de
Ana Kowark (University Hospital RWTH Aachen): akowark@ukaachen.de