"Issue 63"

How New Will Be the Old or How Old Would Be the New?

How New Will Be the Old or How Old Would Be the New?

Gabriel M. Gurman | Chief Editor
gurman@bgu.ac.il

People used to ask this kind of question any time new leaders take in their own hands the fate of any organization.

Every democratic system is built on the principle of regular elections. Terms are limited, men and women decide to compete for the available positions, and thus the healthy life of the organization is assured.

Greetings from the President

Greetings from the President

Zeev Goldik | ESA President
zeev.goldik@esahq.org

This is the first time that I address you as ESA president, after chairing the Examinations Committee of the EDAIC (European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care) for the last ten years.

Anaesthesiology is not a ‘manuality’. It’s a science. It’s not about intubating or putting in a central venous line. It is clinical practice, education, research.

Euroanaesthesia Highlights and Innovations: Start Planning!

Euroanaesthesia Highlights and Innovations: Start Planning!

Charles Marc Samama | Chair Scientific Committee
charlesmarc.samama@esahq.org

Euroanaesthesia London 2016 will be different from previous Euroanaesthesia meetings.

First of all, the format is new. Friday 27 May is fully booked with pre-congress courses and Specialist Societies meetings. The scientific programme has been rearranged to fit into three full days

The Clinical Corner: Overview of the GAS-Study

The Clinical Corner: Overview of the GAS-Study

Jurgen De Graaff | Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands
jgraaff2@umcutrecht.nl

Nicola Disma | Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genoa, Italy
nicoladisma@tin.it

The GAS-study is the first international multicentre randomized trial looking at the effects of anaesthesia in infants on long-term development of the brain. Recently, some secondary outcomes from the GAS-study have been published

Nine African Societies of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Sign the Helsinki Declaration

Nine African Societies of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Sign the Helsinki Declaration

Walid Habre | ESA Board Member
walid.habre@esahq.org

The dawn of 2016 celebrated another great step towards harmonising practices in healthcare globally. During the opening ceremony of the 29th congress of the Moroccan Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive care (SMAR) in Marrakech in January 2016, nine African societies signed and committed to implementing the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology. The initiative and encouragement came from the

ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: The Cardiac Patient

ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: The Cardiac Patient

Jean-Luc Fellahi | Hôpital Cardiologique et Pneumologique Louis Pradel, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Lyon, France
jean-luc.fellahi@chu-lyon.fr

Note from the Editor: The second ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine addressed all aspects of ‘The Cardiac Patient’ undergoing surgery. The faculty of international experts spoke to a full house of very satisfied and enthusiastic anaesthesiologists from around the world. Over 430 colleagues joined us in Nice from 50 countries, including the US, China, and several Middle Eastern countries – confirmation

Guideline: A Tool to Streamline a Challenge?

Guideline: A Tool to Streamline a Challenge?

Edoardo De Robertis | Chair Guidelines Committee
ederober@unina.it

ESA strongly supports the development of guidelines, which represent a systematically developed body of information and instructions with the aim to assist health care providers in the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of specific clinical situations.

ESA, through the Guidelines Committee activities, aims at:

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.

Results of 2016 ESA Research Grant Applications

Results of 2016 ESA Research Grant Applications

Wolfgang Buhre | Chair Research Committee
wbuhre@me.com

On 26 November 2015, the Research Committee met to discuss the 93 Research Grant applications received. This year the following grants were open for applications: two project grants (60€k), two research support grants (15€k), two young investigator start-up grants (22.5€k) and one coordination

The Trainee Exchange Programme

The Trainee Exchange Programme

Maria Riga | Athens, Greece
mriga83@gmail.com

I am a 5th year resident from Attikon University Hospital in Athens, Greece. One of my goals since the beginning of my training was to complete part of my training abroad. Unfortunately, I soon realized that this was more difficult than I imagined. I was, therefore, more than thrilled to hear about ESA’s Trainee Exchange Programme. Despite the obvious

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists Celebrates 60 Years

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists Celebrates 60 Years

Niki O’Brien | Communications Officer, WFSA
comms@wfsahq.org

In 1955 the first World Congress of Anaesthesiologists was held at Scheveningen in the Netherlands and at the end of the Congress the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) was formed, with 26 Societies were represented and a further 16 observing.

Why did these anaesthesiologists first come

The World Federation Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) Symposium at Euroanaesthesia, May 30, 2016 @10:30-12:00

The World Federation Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) Symposium at Euroanaesthesia, May 30, 2016 @10:30-12:00

Title: ‘Essential Surgery and Anaesthesia care in Patients Suspected of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)’. Co-Chairs: Professor Philippe Scherpereel (Lille, France) and Professor Davy Cheng (London, Canada).

1. Impact of EVD on surgery and anaesthesia care (Dr. Meena Cherian, Geneva Switzerland)
2. Lessons learned from EVD management by perioperative healthcare workers (Dr. Jenny Stedmon, Brisbane, Australia)

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.

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) Campaign for Ketamine

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) Campaign for Ketamine

Under the logo “ketamine is medicine” the WFSA started at the end of last year a campaign for preventing the inclusion of this drug in the list of so called psychotropic substances. Here are some excerpts from the WFSA toolkit addressed to all anesthesiologists over the world.

The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) discussed the issue in December 2015 and will decide in March 2016 whether or not to

ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: The Ageing Patient
18-19 November 2016
Lisbon, Portugal

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I received some news from the publications of various national societies of anesthesiologists about a real possibility that in the near future access to ketamine will not be as easy as it is today.

I sincerely believe that this will be a mistake.

I have practiced anesthesia for the last 30 years and, like many of my colleagues, I have resorted to the use of this drug in many cases using its