"Issue 69"

The Modern Anaesthesiologist – A Multifaceted Professional

The Modern Anaesthesiologist – A Multifaceted Professional

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

I practiced anaesthesiology for almost six decades. Interesting enough, only in the last years have I had the time to think more about this profession, which became my second nature and the goal of my principal activity, starting with my youth years and up to this very moment.

For a long time I saw anaesthesiology as a multifaceted speciality, a notion more related to what we call in the last decades perioperative medicine. Once upon a time a narrow

Interview with Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, ESA Secretary

Interview with Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, ESA Secretary

Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen
ESA Secretary
mellinolsen@gmail.com

Note from the Editor – The ESA Newsletter editorial board has started a new rubric – interviews with the organization officers, in order to get a better image of the main directions of ESA activity, to understand the functionality of its bodies, and its future plans.

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Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, Secretary of the ESA Board, answered this new initiative and here are her answers.

Revisiting the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology –  A Project to Assess and Improve Implementation into Practice

Revisiting the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology – A Project to Assess and Improve Implementation into Practice

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

No doubt – patient safety is a recognised top health care and public health priority. No doubt – the preeminent importance of patient safety is acclaimed at medical conferences, in professional articles, and in the general media. And no doubt, much has been done in the last decades to raise awareness of preventable patient harm.

The State of Paediatric Anaesthesia in Europe – Report of one year of activity from SSC 5 Paediatric Anaesthesia

The State of Paediatric Anaesthesia in Europe – Report of one year of activity from SSC 5 Paediatric Anaesthesia

Becke K (Chair), Disma N, Engelhardt T, Galvez I; Vutskits L, Hansen TG (EuroSTAR); Lönnqvist PA (ESPA representative).
Karin.becke@diakonienneundettelsau.de

The last 12 months has seen intense activity for the ESA Scientific Sub-Committee Paediatric Anaesthesia (SSC5). A major achievement was to welcome the European Society for Paediatric Anaesthesiology as a specialist society of ESA enabling a close and regulated collaboration between the two societies. PA Lönnqvist is the ESPA representative at ESA SSC5.

FDA Warning: response from European

Connecting the dots: ESA Trainees Committee and National Trainee Sections

Connecting the dots: ESA Trainees Committee and National Trainee Sections

Bernardo Matias, Anne Blank, and Gustavo Norte
ESA Trainees Committee – European and International Trainee Sections task force coordinators
esatraineesc@gmail.com

The ESA Trainees Committee (ESATC) was founded in the beginning of 20161 with the aim to establish effective communication between all European Anaesthesiology Trainees (EAT) (estimated 30.000) that form the ESA Trainee Network (ESATN), in order to better adapt the ESA resources to their needs.
To achieve this goal, the ESATC communication strategy includes 3 levels:

Office Based Anaesthesia – Feasible in Europe?

Office Based Anaesthesia – Feasible in Europe?

Mark Skues
Chair, Scientific Subcommittee for Ambulatory Anaesthesia, ESA
mark@skuesie.wanadoo.co.uk

Euroanaesthesia 2017 will be taking place over the first weekend in June in Geneva. While the programme promises to provide a contemporary update on every aspect of anaesthetic care, one component in the field of Ambulatory Anaesthesia reviews the concept of Office Based Anaesthesia (OBA), and whether the concept is worthy of further development in Europe. Speaking to both of these remits will be Professor Beverly Philip and Professor Johan Raeder. Beverly is Vice-President of Scientific Affairs of the American Society of

Facts and fiction in critically ill patients

Facts and fiction in critically ill patients

Gernot Marx
gmarx@ukaachen.de

Almost two decades ago we entered the door of the 21st century and curiously expected novel therapeutic approaches and milestones for the treatment of critically ill patients. In fact, within the past 10 years the mortality following sepsis and critical illness has been significantly reduced.[1] For example, the last decade showed numerous changes in the management of severe sepsis, including the tracking of serum lactate levels, aggressive fluid resuscitation, and prompt initiation of effective antibiotic therapy. While the implementation of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines and

European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC) Report from the Examinations Committee 2016

European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC) Report from the Examinations Committee 2016

Sue Hill
Chairman, Examinations Committee
suehill2@mac.com

Examinations Committee: Sue Hill, Chair (UK), Wolfram Engelhardt (DE), Else-Marie Ringvold (NO), Götz Geldner (DE), Armen Varosyan (AM), Andrey Varvinskiy (UK), Mario Zerafa (MT).

Examinations Subcommittee Part I: Wolfram Engelhardt, Chair (DE), Luca Brazzi (IT), Tobias Broecheler (DE), Serban Bubenek (RO), Evelyne Bucher (CH), Ana Domínguez (ES), Ankie Koopman-van Gemert (NL), Sue Hill (UK),

Trainee Exchange Programme – Hôpital Cardiologique Louis Pradel

Trainee Exchange Programme – Hôpital Cardiologique Louis Pradel

Diogo Sobreira Fernandes
sobreirafernandes@gmail.com

During the last trimester of 2016 I did a three-month internship in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia at Lyon, France. I was under the supervision of Prof Fellahi, who welcomed me in his department. However, this great opportunity began a year earlier when I applied for the TEP grant.

I knew about the existence of this grant when I became an active ESA trainee member. The knowledge of the existence of such a grant always excited me, and after completing my third year in residency I decided to apply.

Critical Emergency Medicine (CREM) – A most important part of Anaesthesiology

Critical Emergency Medicine (CREM) – A most important part of Anaesthesiology

Bernd W. Böttiger and Karl Thies
bernd.boettiger@uk-koeln.de
kcthies@me.com

In most European countries, anaesthesiology represents – and anaesthesiologists are working in – anaesthesia, intensive care medicine, emergency medicine, and pain medicine. Many of us are experts in these fields, and many became anaesthesiologists because of these different pillars of our specialty. For residents and young colleagues, intensive care and emergency medicine are of particular interest and importance.

To the editor

To the editor

Dr Roman Ciubara
rciubara2@gmail.com

I am a final-year medical resident specializing in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in the Republic of Moldova, a country whose beauty is exceeded only by its poverty. I am writing this letter in order to share certain thoughts raised from my training experience, or better said, to tell about certain problems we face during our residency.

In the Republic of Moldova the anaesthesia residency duration is 4 years of training, hard work, night shifts, exams, powerful impressions, but also disappointment. Apparently, 4 years of

Focus meeting on Perioperative Medicine

Focus meeting on Perioperative Medicine

Focus meeting on Perioperative Medicine
Regional Anaesthesiology in the Perioperative Setting
09-10 November 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel

Programme Highlights

– Preview of guidelines on perioperative ultrasound
– Soft tissue imaging
– Neuraxial blockade revisited
– Trunk blocks revisited
– Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: the knee