Education

Paediatric anaesthesia in Europe: the APRICOT study

Paediatric anaesthesia in Europe: the APRICOT study

One of the sessions on the final day of this year’s Euroanaesthesia meeting was dedicated to another successful study from the ESA’s Clinical Trials Network (CTN) – the APRICOT study.

On 28 March 2017, APRICOT (Anaesthesia PRactice In Children Observational Trial) was published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. The primary endpoint of this trial was incidence of severe critical events, defined by incidents occurring during and up to 60 minutes after anaesthesia or sedation (laryngospasm, bronchospasm, pulmonary aspiration, drug error, anaphylaxis, cardiovascular instability, neurological damage, cardiac arrest and post-extubation stridor) during and immediately following anaesthesia (PACU).

How stressful is a surgical procedure? We know now!

How stressful is a surgical procedure? We know now!

Peter Biro
peter.biro@usz.ch

For estimation of outcome after anaesthesia it is evident that the impact of surgery must also be taken into account. In contrast to various grading systems that we have for the assessment of preoperative morbidity and risk, such as Goldman’s Cardiac Risk Index or the ASA classification, there is no comparably simple and practical scale to quantify the invasiveness of surgical interventions. Therefore, any post-anaesthesia outcome assessment remains incomplete and of limited

Cadaver Course on invasive procedures in Critical Emergency Medicine – Euroanaesthesia 2017

Cadaver Course on invasive procedures in Critical Emergency Medicine – Euroanaesthesia 2017

Karl Thies
Chair, ESA SSC 10 – Critical Emergency Medicine: Trauma and Resuscitation
kcthies@me.com

The ESA Subcommittee for Critical Emergency Medicine – Trauma and Resuscitation in cooperation with colleagues from the European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES) will be providing for the first time a cadaver course on invasive procedures in Critical Emergency Medicine.

Trainee Exchange Programme – 3 Months in Amsterdam

Trainee Exchange Programme – 3 Months in Amsterdam

Alexandra Lazar
University Hospital Targu Mures, Romania
alexandralazar7@gmail.com

Since the second year of my training as an anaesthesiologist I had been very interested in regional anaesthesia and I always looked to learn or do more of these procedures. Unfortunately, in Romania regional anaesthesia is not much developed in terms of using it on a larger scale, for both analgesia and anaesthesia. This is why by the fifth year of my residency I had only learned to do ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block.

Nothing is carved in stone

Nothing is carved in stone

Gabriel M. Gurman
Chief editor
gurman@bgu.ac.il

In the era of evidence-based medicine, it would be logical to accept as an axiom the fact that most of our activity could be considered as correct, proved, and lacking question marks. But we, physicians, must be aware that in spite of the numerous indications regarding the correctness of our decisions, there is still a place for uncertainty.

This is the topic of a recently published paper (New Engl J Med 2016;375:1713) that encourages the physician to take uncertainty as a fact of life and to try to coexist with this reality

First feedback on the new ESA Mentorship Programme: a great start!

First feedback on the new ESA Mentorship Programme: a great start!

Claude Meistelman (Mentorship programme leader)
c.meistelman@chru-nancy.fr

Jaume Canet (mentor)
jcanet54@gmail.com

Vincenzo Russotto (mentee)
vinrussotto@gmail.com

The idea of the ESA Mentorship Programme was born a few years ago on behalf of the Research Committee. The basic idea was to create support for young potential researchers. If some of them are already working in well-structured groups, it is obvious that other trainees do not benefit from such support and do not have access to defined research

30-Year Anniversary of FEEA/CEEA

30-Year Anniversary of FEEA/CEEA

Janusz Andres | Chair Committee for European Education in Anaesthesiology (CEEA)
janusz.andres@uj.edu.pl

Thirty years ago, on 28 May 1986, the Foundation for European Education in Anaesthesiology (FEEA) was officially established by Professors J. Spierdijk, P. Scherpereel, G. Rolly, and G. Hanegreefs. In 2009 FEEA joined the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) and became the Committee for European Education in Anaesthesiology (CEEA). Professors P. Scherpeerel, C. Gomar, and K. Lebedinskii

ESA and ASA Trainees Meet Up

ESA and ASA Trainees Meet Up

Diogo Sobreira Fernandes | ESA Trainee Council Representative
sobreirafernandes@gmail.com

Daniel Hansen | ASA Resident Component Chair
dhansen10@gmail.com

This year, the European Society of Anaesthesiology Trainee Network (ESA TN) was present at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting in San Diego during October 2015. It was a great opportunity to learn how the ASA-Resident Component (ASA-RC) operates.

A History of Anaesthesiology – Flash 11B

A History of Anaesthesiology – Flash 11B

George Litarczek
geo221295@gmail.com

From the Chief Editor.

We publish in this issue Flash 11B, actually the 12th chapter of the history of anaesthesia, conceived by Prof. George Litarczek, the founding father of modern Romanian Anaesthesiology.

Recently Prof. Litarczek celebrated his 90th birthday.

A History of Anaesthesiology – Flash 11

A History of Anaesthesiology – Flash 11

George Litarczek
geo221925@gmail.com

The beginning of the use of general anaesthesia can be easily identified to 16 October 1846. Pin pointing the first time local and regional anaesthesia was used is far trickier. Instinctive reactions to pain and injury lead animals

Gas Man Pre-congress Workshop

Gas Man Pre-congress Workshop

James Philip
jphilip@partners.org

Gas Man author, James Philip*, and three Gas Man expert users (Jan Hendrickx, Tom van Zundert and Jonas Weber) taught 24 anaesthesia professionals how to install and then use Gas Man to learn, teach, explore,

Take Action – Anaesthesiologists Save Lives!

Take Action – Anaesthesiologists Save Lives!

Prof Bernd Böttiger
Board Director Science and Research, European Resuscitation Council (ERC)
bernd.boettiger@uk-koeln.de

The statement highlights the importance of teaching CPR to all school children around the

OLA Report

OLA Report

Sue Hill
Chair Examination Committee Part I and OLA Subcommittee
sue.hill@uhs.nhs.uk

The third full version of the On-Line Assessment (OLA) in anaesthesiology was held across Europe on 17 April 2015. For the second year running, European participants were joined

Prepare for EDAIC – past questions

Prepare for EDAIC – past questions

Sue Hill
Chair Examination Committee Part I and OLA Subcommittee
sue.hill@uhs.nhs.uk

The Newsletter Editor and the entire ESA staff would like to thank Dr Sue Hill for her

Flash n°10 – Monitoring and Automation

Flash n°10 – Monitoring and Automation

George Litarczek
glitarczek@yahoo.com

Monitoring means continuous supervision of a process. A patient under ananaesthetic procedure must be monitored uninterruptedly

OLA registration fee reduced by 50%!

OLA registration fee reduced by 50%!

The registration fee for the Online Assessment (OLA) has been reduced to €40 per candidate in an effort to make the OLA a more accessible self-assessment and revalidation tool for trainee anaesthetists and specialists…