Dear Friends and Colleagues,
2017 is well on its way and so is the work of the new ESA Board. After several years of service on the Board, Daniela Filipescu (President 2014–2015), Walid Habre, and Andreas Sandner-Kiesling have finished their terms of office. I would like to thank them all for their tireless dedication to the society and our members.
It is my pleasure to introduce the 2017 Board:
- Zeev Goldik – President
- Stefan De Hert – President-Elect
- Jannicke Mellin-Olsen – Secretary
- Josef Wichelewski – Treasurer
- Bazil Ateleanu – Non-Officer
- Marcelo Gama de Abreu – Non-Officer
- Paraskevi Matsota – Non-Officer
- Dan Longrois – Chair NASC
- Charles Marc Samama – Chair Scientific Committee
- Carmel Abela – President EBA
We will as always continue to work closely with the Chairs of the 18 ESA Committees and Task Forces; Marc Gheeraert, ESA Executive Manager; and the exceptional and professional team at the Secretariat.
It goes without saying that the ESA would not exist without the dedication and contribution of the hundreds of volunteers involved in all the ESA governing bodies and committees. Thank you for your support of our society and your commitment to our speciality.
The year began with the launch of the new ESA e-learning platform. Members can easily and efficiently access tools to assist in the development of their career and knowledge.
The e-learning modules are categorised into six main fields:
- General Anaesthesia
- Basic Knowledge (aimed at trainees and newly qualified anaesthesiologists)
- Intensive Care
- Critical Emergency Medicine
- Technical Skills
You can also view the webcasts and e-posters presented at Euroanaesthesia 2016 in London. Make sure you have created an account to access this tool. New e-modules will be regularly added to the platform to build a complete and up-to-date e-library of resources.
EDAIC continues to grow. OLA will be taken in April in 90 centres throughout Europe and at least 21 centres outside Europe including China. The success of EDAIC and the need to standardise knowledge and training globally has led the ESA to decide to open examination centres further afield.
Three Masterclasses are planned in the coming months; Statistics and Research Methodology will be offered in March. In a new move, our long-standing industry partner Medtronic is supporting the organisation of two simulation workshops in May with an unrestricted grant. The programme is fully and independently elaborated by the ESA.
Partnership and mutual support of industry is a positive way forward in developing educational tools and obtaining support for ESA research and patient safety programmes. All support is very carefully considered and put to the Board for approval by Prof Gama de Abreu, the Industry Liaison Officer. In any project developed with support from industry, ESA remains entirely independent and all programmes are elaborated with no influence or input from the industry partner. ESA maintains its scientific independence in all cases.
Air Liquide, Baxter, Dräger, and Philips contribute to the advancement of ESA research with unrestricted research grants. Check out the details on our website and be sure to meet the application deadlines for the grants in Patient Safety and in Perioperative Medicine.
Preventable perioperative patient harm is a persistent challenge. As a response to this situation, the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology (HD) was launched in 2010 by the EBA and ESA. It is widely recognised as a practical framework for improving perioperative patient safety and has been either signed or supported by most national anaesthesiology societies across the globe. The results of surveys and reports carried out by the ESA Patient Safety and Quality Committee suggest an inconsistency and sometimes absence of the implementation and adoption of the Helsinki Declaration into clinical practice. The Committee is setting up a project to evaluate the adoption of the Helsinki Declaration in Europe, to identify variations and barriers in the implementation process, and to develop instruments suited to analyse, improve, and track implementation, with a goal of translating the principles and requirements of the Helsinki Declaration into practice. Led by the ESA PSQC, it will unite the efforts of all project partners, namely ESA institutions and national societies, EBA, research institutions, and of other interested organisations and individuals to achieve this goal. Four ESA industry partners, Fresenius-Kabi, Masimo, Nihon Kohden, and Philips, are supporting the initiative. A session at Euroanaesthesia will be dedicated to this project.
This brings me to our annual congress that will be held in Geneva this year. The programme can be consulted on the Euroanaesthesia 2017 website. Registration is open. Be prepared and register by 22 February to receive a preferential rate. Fourteen pre-congress courses on the Friday offer an array of hands-on experiences. New areas are courses on ethical practice, perioperative medicine, sepsis, haemostatic management, and a cadaver course on surgical procedures in critical emergency medicine. Our young colleagues are yearning for new knowledge and to learn new technics. The programme includes several sessions dedicated to trainees as well as bit of educational fun organised by the ESA Trainee Subcommittee in the form of a simulation competition. Simulation is a key attraction at all levels of experience. A new simulation space will be set up with support from CAE, Maquet, Medtronic, and Philips; 90 minute simulation sessions focusing on different procedural skills will run throughout the three days of the congress. Registration for all events must be made online.
ESA wishes to be of support to the wider public. Last year ESA raised support for Lifebox. I am delighted to announce that 200 oximeters and a training course organised for local anaesthesiologists will be delivered to Macedonia in April. More support will be offered to a hospital in a second country in a few months. This year, a Charity Evening will be organised during Euroanaesthesia to raise funds for the International Committee of the Red Cross; €10 from each ticket will be donated to the ICRC. Please be sure to book your tickets for a fun evening of entertainment and music, great Swiss food, and your support for a very worthy cause.
I am very proud that the first ESA meeting organised in Israel will be held in 2017. The Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine, focusing on Regional Anaesthesia will be held in Tel-Aviv on 9–10 November. I am certain that the combination of an excellent programme with first class speakers in a beautiful country is a winner and an unmissable event!
The ESA is here to support you; to continue being successful the society needs your support. Please renew your Active Membership and encourage your colleagues to join; ‘like’, and share the information posted on social media; get involved with the society – several positions in ESA Committees and Board positions will become open this year. Why don’t you apply? Researchers, share your knowledge, be acknowledged for your work, send your articles for publication to the EJA. Do you have a view on the future of anaesthesia? Do you have information to share about your speciality? The ESA e-newsletter editor welcomes articles on all subjects. What are you looking for from the ESA? We are always very interested to hear from you. Please send me your feedback and views.
Wishing you all a successful and safe 2017.