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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.



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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Safe Brain Initiative (SBI)


Assoc. Prof. Finn M Radtke, Nykoebing Hospital University of Southern Denmark, SDU


Prof. Basak Ceyda Meco, Ankara University faculty of Medicine, Turkey

SBI Board Members & Leads:

  • Finn M Radtke
  • Karina D. Jakobsen
  • Basak Ceyda Meco
  • Joana Berger Estilita
  • Maria Wittmann
  • Wolfgang Buhre
  • Edoardo de Robertis

International Partners and Flagship centers:

  • Singapore
  • Bonn
  • Nykobing
  • Mannheim
  • Ankara
  • Utrecht
  • Perugia
  • Bern
  • Oslo
  • Munich

For more information on the Safe Brain Initiative Research Group, you can visit their website at safebraininitiative.com


The Safe Brain Initiative (SBI) is a non-profit project that aims to provide clinical caregivers and relevant partners with high-quality patient and treatment metrics to improve patient outcomes and treatment processes in Anaesthesiology and perioperative care. The project’s goal is to establish and fine-tune Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) to prevent and mitigate early, intermediate, and long-term complications such as postoperative delirium (POD) and neurocognitive disorders (PND), Nausea, Stress, Anxiety, Pain, discomfort and other side effects that may occur during the perioperative period. Moreover, the initiative focuses on PREMs and Staff REMs, efficiency, economic aspects, and sustainability, taking a holistic approach. The initiative is based on robust real-world data evidence and is operationalized on a data-driven dashboard that provides structured feedback to healthcare professionals.Patient centred precision care (PC)2 methodologies form the foundation of the SBI’s approach.

The primary focus of the SBI RG and network is:

  • To promote the importance of monitoring, detecting and ultimately decreasing and preventing the adverse side effects of surgery and anaesthesia in our daily routine care.
  • To apply preventive patient-centred precision care.

The SBI RG network aims to systematically address the feedback gap in perioperative care by collecting and analysing real-world data.

Research Question

SBI is committed to advancing patient-centred precision anaesthesia and perioperative care as a cornerstone of research-driven quality improvement. It achieves this through the meticulous monitoring and enhancement of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), Patient-Reported Experience Measures (PREMs), and the management of perioperative cognitive dysfunctions. By implementing a dashboard solution for real-time monitoring, SBI leverages evidence-based, non-invasive preventive strategies, all within a non-profit framework driven by real-world data. Its objectives are clear: to provide healthcare professionals with effective tools for structured feedback on patient well-being and to create a sustainable cycle of learning that proactively identifies and mitigates perioperative risks. SBI’s innovative approach aims to markedly elevate care quality, improve patient outcomes, and fulfil the essential demand for a comprehensive, patient-centred methodology in the realms of anaesthesia and perioperative care management.

SBI RG aims are defined as:

  • Improvement of patient-centred outcomes (SBI -Core)
  • Increase efficiency (e.g, total short, intermediate and long-term cost of care) (SBI Muda)
  • Increase patient and staff’s satisfaction with received & provided care (SBI us)
  • Evaluate and decrease the sustainability impact and carbon footprint (SBI green)


The Safe Brain Initiative monitors and prevents postoperative delirium and neurocognitive disorders, provides effective anaesthesia care, assesses patient and team satisfaction, and evaluates environmental sustainability impact. Based on international guidelines, 18 core recommendations were established to address potential complications and challenges associated with anaesthesia.

The SBI presents an innovative, cost-effective, and patient-centred approach to perioperative care.

The objective of the Safe Brain Initiative network is to implement the SBI approach in all interested centres across Europe, focusing on four key areas:

  1. Acquiring PROMs to monitor and prevent postoperative delirium/neurocognitive dysfunction (SBI-Core).
  2. Facilitating strategic guidance for patient-centred anaesthesia management through the SBI-Muda initiative. This project seeks to optimise perioperative efficiency, mitigate postoperative delirium/neurocognitive dysfunction, and elevate patient-reported outcomes. It provides weekly dashboard updates offering insights into OR and hospital metrics – encompassing e.g. start times or delays, suture-to-incision intervals, time expended in the post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU), and duration of postoperative hospital stays – all of which are contextualised alongside individual core outcomes.
  3. Assessing patient and team satisfaction with perceived care quality (SBI-Us).
  4. Evaluating and reducing environmental sustainability impact (SBI-Green).

The ESAIC-endorsed SBI network was initiated:

  • To perform studies, RCT, meta-analyses, and educational programs (bootcamps, masterclasses, online education modules) to monitor and improve the feedback systems in perioperative care.
  • To support meetings and communication between different research groups and ESAIC forums aiming to implement a patient-centred precision perioperative anaesthesia care for better PROMs and postoperative outcomes.

Current projects

ESAIC SBI Research Group Topic Tracks (status January, 2024)

IEpidemiologic & statistic foundation for real-world precision patient-centred care evidence data Maria Wittmann
IIAim of Perioperative Care – Consensus Project Joana Berger  
IIISBI EEG Bootcamp for Anaesthesia consortium Matthias Kreuzer Finn Radtke
IVPain, Nociception, multimodal Analgesia Track Patrice Forget Esther Pogatzki-Zahn
VPerioperative Neurocognitive Disorders (PND) Lis Evered  
VISBI-Green Mark Coburn Susanne Koch
VIISBI-Trajector & Tech Innovation David Ahmadi  
VIIISBI-faces and VCI Karina Jakobsen  
IXSBI-BuddyInterface content, design and developmentBasak Meco Finn Radtke
XSBI-mudaCost and efficiencyWolfgang Buhre  
XISBI-usPREMs & Staff REMs 
XIIFunding proposals Maria Wittmann  
XIIIPublication guidance  
XIVEducation Joana

Aim of Anaesthesia Definition Delphi Trial:

This study aims to define and establish clear aims for anaesthesia to enhance patient-centered care and outcomes. Using a modified Delphi process, stakeholders reached a consensus, resulting in a refined definition of anaesthesia and the acceptance of 49 specific aims. These defined aims provide a foundation for patient-centric and precise anaesthesia care, potentially influencing the evolution of precision anaesthesia practices across healthcare domains.

The impact of the Safe Brain Initiative on Postoperative Delirium: a multicenter cohort study:

This study examines the Safe Brain Initiative as a perioperative care bundle to reduce postoperative delirium (POD) incidence. Through retrospective cohort analysis across four hospitals (>10’000 patients), the SBI’s implementation was associated with a substantial decrease in POD rates, suggesting a potential effectiveness of structured perioperative care.

We are excited to invite your center to participate in the groundbreaking Safe Brain Initiative (SBI), a collaborative effort to revolutionise perioperative care and elevate patient outcomes.

Why Should Your Center Join?

  • Impactful Research: Participating in the SBI provides a unique opportunity to contribute to pioneering research that prevents postoperative delirium and neurocognitive disorders. By leveraging patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), your centre can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of patient-centred precision anesthesia care.
  • Enhanced Patient Outcomes: The SBI’s primary goal is to improve patient outcomes. By collaborating with us, you’ll be part of a network that actively works towards reducing adverse effects of surgery and anaesthesia, thus ensuring safer and more efficient postoperative experiences for your patients.
  • Global Collaboration: The SBI is endorsed by the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care and involves centres from across Europe. By joining this network, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with like-minded professionals, share insights, and collectively drive advancements in perioperative care.
  • Innovative Approach: The SBI’s multi-faceted approach encompasses acquiring PROMs, implementing patient-centred anaesthesia management strategies, assessing patient and team satisfaction, and evaluating sustainability impact. Your centre’s participation will contribute to innovative solutions that positively impact patient care and environmental sustainability.

How Can Your Center Participate?

We invite you to embark on this transformative journey with us. By becoming part of the Safe Brain Initiative, your centre can actively contribute to research, studies, and educational programs that shape the future of perioperative care. Your involvement will be instrumental in creating a patient-centred precision care approach that enhances outcomes and improves overall patient experiences.

To learn more about the Safe Brain Initiative and how your centre can be a catalyst for change, please visit our official website at safebraininitiative.com.