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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 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.

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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.



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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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Publication : Incidence of severe critical events in paediatric anaesthesia (APRICOT): a prospective multicentre observational study in 261 hospitals in Europe

Prof Walid Habre, MD; Nicola Disma, MD; Katalin Virag, MSc; Karin Becke, MD; Tom G Hansen, MD; Martin Jöhr, MD; et al. Published:March 28, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(17)30116-9

Study selected by ESAIC Research Committee: February 2013

Study protocol v1.3: 16 July 2014

Call for Centres: 01 June 2013 to 28 February 2014

Study CRF v1.4: 28 March 2014

Study eCRF v1.1: 28 March 2014

Recruitment of patients: April 2014 – December 2014

Data Cleaning: November 2014 to March 2016

Data analysis: April-May 2016

Manuscript writing: June-July 2016

Paper Submission: August 2016

Paper Publication: End 2016


The aims of the APRICOT study are:

  • To establish the incidence of severe critical events in children undergoing anaesthesia in Europe.
  • To describe the differences in paediatric anaesthesia practise throughout Europe.
  • To study the potential impact of this variability on the occurrence of severe critical events (e.g.: laryngospasm, bronchospasm, aspiration, anaphylaxis, cardiovascular instability, neurological damage and cardiac arrest…).

List of Chief investigator and Steering Committee members

(Chief Investigator)
Geneva University Children’s Hospital
Department APSI
Rue Willy Donzé, 6
CH-1205, Geneva, Switzerland
Karin BECKECnopf’sche Kinderklinik/Klinik Hallerwiese
Abteilung für Anästhesie und Intensivmedizin
St. Johannis-Mühlgasse, 19
DE-90419 Nürnberg, Germany
Krisztina BODA
(Study Statistician)
University of Szeged
Department of Medical Physics and Informatics
Korányi fasor, 9
HU-6726 Szeged, Hungary
Nicola DISMAInstituto Giannina Gaslini
Department of Pediatric Anesthesia
Via G Gaslini, 5
IT-6100 Genoa, Italy
Tom HANSENOdense University Hospital
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Sdr. Boulevard 29
DK-5000 Odense, Denmark
Martin JÖHRAnästhesie Kinderspital
Institut für Anästhesie, Chir. Intensivmedizin, Rettungsmedizin und Schmerztherapie (IFAIRS)
Luzerner Kantonsspital
(co-Chief Investigator)
Cliniques Universitaires St Luc
Department Anaesthesiology
Avenue Hippocrate, 10-1821
BE-1200 Brussels, Belgium
Neil MORTONRoyal Hospital For Sick Children
Department of Anaesthesia
Glasgow, G3 8SJ, United Kingdom
Ehrenfried SCHINDLERAsklepios Klinik Sankt Augustin GmbH
Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia
Arnold-Janssen-Straße 29
DE-53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
Elly VERMEULENMaastricht University Medical Center MUMC
Department of Anaesthesiology
P. De Byelaan 25
NL-6202 AZ Maastricht, The Netherlands
Marzena ZIELINSKAClinical University Hospital
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
Borowska 213
PL-50-556 Wroclaw, Poland


The study is sponsored by a grant of the European Society of Anaesthesiology Clinical Trial Network (ESAIC CTN).

Contact email for more info => research@esaic.org

Would you like to get a quick overview of the study?

Download the study flier to discover the Medical Problem, the study Objectives, the study Parameters and Design as well as the Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria and the process to get involved.

Study Flier: English | French | Italian | Czech Ukrainian