"Issue 64"

We Are Too Few … Why So Few?!

We Are Too Few … Why So Few?!

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

Here is the old news: there is a perennial shortage of anaesthesiologists in Europe. The news is old because this problem is as old as our profession.

But the paradox exists in the fact that the more European physicians choose anaesthesia as their future career, the more evident is this lack of anaesthesia manpower all over the continent.

How the Patient Safety and Quality Committee Works on Putting Words into Practice

How the Patient Safety and Quality Committee Works on Putting Words into Practice

Johannes Wacker | Chair Patient Safety and Quality Committee (PSQC)
jwac@gmx.net

Safe anaesthesia and perioperative care is the core of our professional efforts. Most of our patients are seriously affected by their disease or trauma. First of all, we want to avoid their suffering additional harm that stems from the process of healthcare delivery. Safe care means that patients are free from such additional

Regional Anaesthesia at Euroanaesthesia, London 2016

Regional Anaesthesia at Euroanaesthesia, London 2016

Gabriella Iohom | Chair Scientific Subcommittee on Regional Anaesthesia
Gabriella.iohom@hse.ie

Alparslan Apan | Giresun University Faculty of Medicine, Giresun, Turkey
alpaslanapan@gmail.com

Regional anaesthesia, a subspecialty relevant to most anaesthetists’ daily practice, encompasses both neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks. Despite a clear trend towards more peripheral blocks, we are keen to maintain interest in both, to organise joint sessions with

Ultrasound-Guided Central Venous Access in Neonates, Infants, and Children

Ultrasound-Guided Central Venous Access in Neonates, Infants, and Children

Nicola Disma and Mauro Pittiruti | Members Paediatric Scientific Subcommittee
nicoladisma@tin.it

The Pre-Congress Course on Paediatric Vascular Access is specifically designed to provide a literature update and practical information on vascular access in children. Physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals will learn how to use ultrasound to improve success rates and patient care, minimizing short- and long-term complications when central, peripheral, and peripheral-central line

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OLA: A great step towards harmonisation of training across the world

ESA organises the most extended and successful On-Line Assessment (OLA) in anaesthesiology ever. Read below.

Don’t miss Euroanaesthesia Pre-Congress Courses and Workshops

Enhance your practical knowledge and skills through the 4 hands-on training workshops and 13 pre-courses. Read below.

The Anaesthetist, Obstetrics, and Ethics

The Anaesthetist, Obstetrics, and Ethics

Antoine Baumann | Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nancy (CHU Nancy), Nancy, France
a.baumann@chru-nancy.fr

Over time, modern medicine has evolved from paternalism to a person’s autonomy and values-centred care. Obstetrics did not escape this progress. This evolution is indisputably a major advance regarding the respect of individual dignity, but it entails a number of difficult issues and risks in daily medical practice – especially in obstetrics. Alongside the obstetrician, the

‘Yesterday, We Included Your Son in a Clinical Trial’ Conducting Research in Critically Ill Patients, Without Prior Consent

‘Yesterday, We Included Your Son in a Clinical Trial’ Conducting Research in Critically Ill Patients, Without Prior Consent

Marjolein Timmers, Erwin J.O. Kompanje | Department of intensive Care, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
erwinkompanje@me.com

The mortality and morbidity rates in patients with acute, life-threatening conditions such as severe traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest, severe sepsis, and stroke are high. Therefore, an ethical imperative exists to develop and test new therapeutic strategies for these conditions

“Big Data” in Perioperative Medicine Research:  Why We Need It and the Challenges in Employing its Potential

“Big Data” in Perioperative Medicine Research: Why We Need It and the Challenges in Employing its Potential

Linda M. Peelen, Teus H. Kappen and Wilton A. van Klei | University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
l.m.peelen@umcutrecht.nl

The phrase “big data” is used abundantly, both in science and in everyday life. A PubMed search on “big data” in 2015 yielded 695 hits (3 in 2009); within perioperative medicine literature big data has become of interest.[1-3]

Do we have big data?

ESA – Society of Anaesthesiology of Sao Paulo-Brazil Cooperation – A Report from the President

ESA – Society of Anaesthesiology of Sao Paulo-Brazil Cooperation – A Report from the President

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

There are approximately 20,000 anaesthesiologists in Brazil, around 6,000 of them in Sao Paulo.

After a Memorandum of Understanding with SAESP (Society of Anaesthesiology of Sao Paulo – Brazil) and ESA was signed 17 November 2015 during the 62nd Congress of the SBA (Brazilian Society of Anesthesiology) in Florianopolis, Dr. Zeev Goldik met Dr. Oscar

Trainee Exchange Programme (TEP) Update

Trainee Exchange Programme (TEP) Update

Bazil Ateleanu | Chair Trainee Exchange Programme Committee
Zoka Milan, Vojislava Neskovic and Antonio Costa | Trainee Exchange Programme Committee Members
bazilucu@hotmail.com

We are living in new and exciting times within Europe and the ESA.

If I would be a young anaesthetist towards the end of the training (O tempora! O mores!), I would have probably passed both parts of the European Diploma, I would probably train in one

Myocardial Injury After Non-cardiac Surgery (MINS)

Myocardial Injury After Non-cardiac Surgery (MINS)

Daniel I. Sessler | Department of Outcomes Research, Cleveland Clinic, United States
ds@or.org

About 250 million patients worldwide have non-cardiac surgery each year, and roughly 3 million die within a month of surgery. Postoperative myocardial infarctions occur in 8% of surgical inpatients over the age of 45 years.1 The 30-day mortality is a remarkable 10%.2 This makes postoperative infarctions by far the leading cause of unexpected death within a month after otherwise routine

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

The new 2015 ERC Resuscitation Guidelines – Focus on lay people, dispatch centres, hospitals, and prognostication

The new 2015 ERC Resuscitation Guidelines – Focus on lay people, dispatch centres, hospitals, and prognostication

Bernd W. Böttiger | University Hospital of Cologne, Germany
bernd.boettiger@uk-koeln.de

Sudden cardiac death following unsuccessful out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is most probably the third leading cause of death in industrialized nations, and is responsible for more than 350,000 deaths every year in Europe. In addition, many patients are dying following in-hospital cardiac arrest.

London Euroanaesthesia 2016 – History of Anaesthesia Session

London Euroanaesthesia 2016 – History of Anaesthesia Session

David Wilkinson | WFSA President
lorikeet08@gmail.com

Every year at Euroanaesthesia there is a symposium on the history of anaesthesia that tries to focus on the country and city in which the meeting takes place. This focus on history is usually augmented by a separately organised exhibition of anaesthesia apparatus and medication, which is normally sited close to the trade exhibition. Euroanaesthesia 2016 is no different in this respect and will have a display of apparatus set up by the Heritage team of the

A History of Anaesthesiology – Flash 12

A History of Anaesthesiology – Flash 12

George Litarczek
geo221925@gmail.com

This is the last in the series and I intend to end it by presenting the evolution of the administrative, social, and academic life of physicians professing anaesthesia as a domain of modern medicine.

We will start by looking around to see who in fact was administering anaesthesia in the operating theatres after 1846 (the so called

Register at Euroanaesthesia!

Register at Euroanaesthesia!

Register for the ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: The Ageing Patient.

18-19 November 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

Get updated and participate in contemporary debates about maternal age & outcome; Old for old organ allocation for transplant; Recent evidence for Alzheimer & Surgery; Consensus nomenclature in POCD; The POPS (Proactive Care of Older People undergoing Surgery) Service; Biomarkers for the Elderly and much more.