Saturday 3 June, 16h00-16h45, Room 5 Mobile telecommunication and information technologies (ICT)…
Saturday 3 June, 16h00-16h45, Room V One of the most common dilemmas…
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
Gabriel M. Gurman
The ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: The Ageing Patient, in November 2016 in Lisbon was a real success.
For the first time a full scientific event was dedicated to the older patient, and the various presentations referred not only to his/her medical condition, but also to the psychological aspects of older age and its specific problems pertinent to the anaesthesiologist.
Chief Editor’s note: Prof Reinikainen’s paper truthfully reflects the physician’s dilemma regarding the indication for transferring a critically ill patient to an intensive care unit (ICU). I have no doubt that his presentation will be followed by our readers’ comments. The Newsletter will be glad to publish your opinion on this very sensitive subject.
My phone rang twice within a short time frame.
Past-Chair SSC3 – Scientific Subcommittee on Regional Anaesthesia
The idea of holding a yearly two-day ESA meeting in autumn in an attractive location came to life at the beginning of the decade. The first four were called Autumn Meetings and were held in Budapest, Hungary (2010); Krakow, Poland (2011), Prague, The Czech Republic
Johannes Wacker – On behalf of the Organisers
Chair, Patient Safety and Quality Committee (PSQC)
If you ever thought of patient safety as something rather theoretical, or something that is mostly detached from your everyday clinical life, a lively expert meeting during Euroanaesthesia 2016 in London could have easily proven you wrong.
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
Chair, ESA SSC 10 – Critical Emergency Medicine: Trauma and Resuscitation
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.
University Hospital Targu Mures, Romania
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.
Chief Editor’s note: With this article we inaugurate another new rubric, which tries to put together various European anaesthesiologists interested in the same field or domain of activity.
The finding that communication between the anaesthesiologist and the patient is helpful in reducing stress and anxiety is not new,, but got somewhat forgotten with the availability (and marketing) of a broad range of
Julian Gore-Booth, WFSA Chief Executive Office
Note from Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, ESA Secretary. The WFSA is dedicated to improving patient care around the world, representing hundreds of thousands of anaesthesiologists in over 150 countries, including in Europe. The ESA is a Regional Section of the WFSA, meaning that ESA represents the combined European voice to the anaesthesiology world globally. ESA members are active on many levels in the WFSA. As WFSA is the only anaesthesiology partner to the World Health Organization, it means that ESA also has a voice into WHO via the WFSA.
Membership allows you to be part of a unique community at the forefront of anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine.
Membership gives you access to all the resources you need from Clinical Practice Guidelines and Journals, to state-of-the-art e-learning and webcasts of congress sessions; educational programmes to strengthen the knowledge of members starting off in their career to the experienced clinician. It allows you to network with peers and eminent colleagues, to share your ideas, expand your horizons and advance your career.
Join us today
Gabriel M. Gurman
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
Gabriel M. Gurman, MD
I must confess that although this topic interests me a lot, and not only from yesterday or yesteryear, the decision to discuss it in our Newsletter came out of a recent article published in September 2016 in the prestigious English newspaper The Guardian and signed “Anonymous”.
Hospital Visiting and Training Accreditation Program (HVTAP): The future of accreditation … where should we go?
Dr. E. Van Gessel, MD – MER, chair of HVTAP Joint ESA-EBA Committee
In 2016, at the ESA Congress in London, a symposium of the Hospital Visiting and Training Accreditation Program (HVTAP) took place entitled “The future of accreditation … where should we go?”
The ETPOS Study Group
Some costly and laborious parts of modern medicine (e.g., cancer medicine) are rigorously regulated, and in these fields standard operating procedures force the physician to follow given clinical pathways. Surprisingly, for other fields of medicine variety of care and the diversity of clinical pathways are the norm. For example, perioperative transfusion habits
European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)
Susan De Bièvre
The ESA is the largest anaesthesiologist society in Europe, currently counting 33 568 members from 129 countries (*) from around the world.
The ESA interacts closely with our 38 European National Society and 10 Specialist Society members, is the European regional section of the WFSA and has established and long standing relationships with other leading anaesthesiology societies out of Europe as well as societies relevant to our speciality.
Paul M. Parizel,1 Nick Van de Voorde,1 Robert Slappendel,2 Marcel Vercauteren2
1 Department of Radiology, Antwerp University Hospital and University of Antwerp, Belgium
2 Department of Anesthesiology, Antwerp University Hospital and University of Antwerp, Belgium
As medicine continues to evolve towards minimally invasive procedures (often obviating the need for open surgery), the range and complexity of image-guided interventional procedures in the radiology department has
An Honorary Member of the European Society of Aneasthesiology speaks about the past and future of our profession
Prof. Maurice Lamy, Belgium
During the opening ceremony of the 2016 ESA Congress in London, I received an ESA Honorary Membership from the hands of the president, Zeev Goldik. On this occasion, I had the opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the Board of Directors:
“I feel very much honoured. This award is a real privilege for me and for my parents, who would
Dr. Sue Hill, MA, PhD, FRCA
Chairperson, ESA Examinations Committee
2016 is an important landmark year in European Examinations and Assessments. For the first time we translated the OLA into a non-European language: Chinese. This development complements the increasing co-operation between the Chinese Society of Anesthesiologists and ESA. Within mainland China seven centres opened for the OLA including two in Beijing, two in Shanghai, and the rest in other provinces including Chengdu.
Gabriel M. Gurman
I have no doubt that the above question would be encountered with a big lack of interest, or as an alternative, with a big smile. Of course, physicians, anaesthesiologists among them, drink coffee, more or less in the same amount as other professions, such as nurses, administrators, or physiotherapists.
I cannot but agree with this opinion.
Immediate Past President of TARD
Chief Editor note: We are pleased to host in our Newsletter short presentations of the National Societies. Here is the first one, on the Turkish Anaesthesiology and Reanimation Society.
The Society of Anaesthesiology in Turkey, founded in 1956 was thereafter named the Anaesthesiology and Reanimation Society
Gabriel M. Gurman
It has been a long time since hospital administrations, all over the world, found out that the operating room (OR) represents a genuine financial source, rather than an embarrassing place of work, full of demands and high wages.
This “discovery” led almost instantaneously to a sustained campaign of increasing the OR performance by increasing not only the number of active hours but also the efficiency of the staff per unit of time. This phenomenon was named “production pressure” and it was clearly documented in the classical paper of Gaba et al.
My name is Dunja Mihajlovic; I work at the Emergency Centre at the Clinical Centre of Vojvodina in Novi Sad as a specialist in anaesthesiology, reanimation, and intensive care.
My story begins during the last year of my training in anaesthesiology, in the autumn of 2014, on a regular working day, with my colleague Dr Arsen Uvelin. I expected to pass the specialist exam in the near future and he had passed his the year before, so we were sharing our opinions about the education system of anaesthesia trainees in Serbia. He told me about an amazing experience that he had at Utrecht University Medical Centre, as one of the winners of the ESA trainee exchange
Claude Meistelman (Mentorship programme leader)
Jaume Canet (mentor)
Vincenzo Russotto (mentee)
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
Alina Rotaru on behalf of ESA
The ESA office located on 24 rue des Comédiens in Brussels was happy to be part of the Heritage Days of Brussels organized on the 17th and 18th of September.
We were pleased and honoured to accept the invitation of the City of Brussels to participate in this event, which was dedicated this year to the recycling of styles. Maybe many of our members are not aware of it, as it has been a while since we published articles related to this subject, but the ESA office in Brussels is located in a beautiful 19th century Maison de Maître, a historically-listed house, built in 1898 by architect Albert Dumont. A renowned architect of his time, Albert Dumont created several important buildings in Brussels and Belgium and
The General Assembly of the ESA took place in the ExCel International Exhibition Centre in London, on Sunday 29 May 2016 during the Euroanaesthesia 2016 congress of the society. The meeting was chaired by Zeev Goldik, ESA President.
1. Welcome and approval of the minutes of the 2015 General Assembly
The minutes of the General Assembly on 31 May 2015 in Berlin are approved.
2. Presentation of new Council members
The following Council members have been appointed starting their term on 1st April 2016:
Macedonia: Mirjana Shoscholcheva
Estonia: Juri Karjagin
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Jasmina Smajic
Gabriel M. Gurman
Many years ago, immediately after the fall of the Iron Curtain, a serious process of closing the professional distances between the two parts of the continent started, and the WFSA promoted a series of programs and projects with the aim of offering our colleagues from Eastern Europe the necessary help to overcome the huge differences in their daily practice.
Sue Hill, Chairperson Examinations Committee
With the elevation of our previous Chairman to the Presidency of ESA, there has been a change of order in the Examinations Committee.