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Take this COVID-19 Survey to help improve the understanding of the current crisis

Dear Colleagues, We are inviting our community to complete the most recent survey endorsed by the ESA. The aim of this survey is to investigate the relationship between severity and visceral fat in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia. Following the ESA’s institutional goal of raising the standards of the speciality by fostering and encouraging education, research, scientific progress and exchange of information. The information we receive from our members through this survey helps enormously our...

Newsletter July 2020 Issue: Training and safety of healthcare professionals during COVID-19 pandemic

Ana Luísa Vieira, Cândida Infante, Eunice Mendes, Mafalda Castro, Mariana Asseiro, Pedro Camões, Gustavo Norte Anaesthesiology Residents, Department of Anaesthesiology, Coimbra University Hospital Center, Coimbra,  Portugal.   Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by the novel coronavirus that is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and first emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.1,2 Due to its progressive worldwide expansion, on...

Newsletter July 2020 Issue: Ground-breaking Research - Venous thrombosis is back in business

Marc Giménez-Milà MD gimimarc@gmail.com   Anaesthesiologists working in critical care units, operating theatres and other areas such as gastrointestinal endoscopy and bronchoscopy have relied on newly published scientific material to approach patients suffering from COVID-19. Various safety measures, diagnostic methods and pharmacological treatments have been reported throughout the pandemic period with different and contradictory messages as more knowledge of the disease was gathered. I...

Newsletter July 2020 Issue: A Report from Portugal

Carolina Mateus carolina_armateus@hotmail.com   My name is Carolina Mateus and I’m a 5th year resident of Centro Hospitalar do Porto, Portugal. I applied to the Trainee Exchange Programme in Barcelona for this reason (see photo). No, I’m just kidding (the rotation was from October to December!!!). Having done almost all of my residency in Portugal, I found that something was missing. Despite Portugal being an excellent country with great hospitals and mentors, I felt the need for someth...

Newsletter July 2020 Issue - Editorial: We work together, but how close?

Gabriel M. Gurman, MD Chief Editor gurman@bgu.ac.il   The current COVID-19 pandemic demands, once again, a serious review regarding the shortage of anaesthesia manpower. The tremendous increase in the number of ventilated patients created a situation in which more anaesthesiologists have been assigned to the intensive care units leaving other professional tasks, at least partially, uncovered. But the shortage of anaesthesiologists is a perennial problem. Put simply, five billion people all...

Newsletter July 2020 Issue: The paper which changed my practice

Upper Extremity Regional Anesthesia: Essentials of Our Current Understanding, 2008 Neal JM, Gerancher JC, Hebl JR, et al. Reg Anesth Pain Med 2009;34:134–70 Bernardo Matias matias.bernardo@gmail.com   Regional anaesthesia is a field of our speciality that has dramatically developed over recent years, in particular peripheral nerve blocks, with the widespread use of ultrasound for nerve localisation, and the evolution of both single shot and continuous techniques, including growing evidenc...

ESA will become ESAIC

We are proud to announce that, as of 1 October 2020, the European Society of Anaesthesiology will officially become the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care. The ESA has a proven record of intensive care medicine as a part of our activities, education, examination and research, and it is a significant speciality in our community. However, this was not reflected in our society name. The addition of intensive care to the name of our society is imperative, now more than ever,...

Microlearning Module: Residual Neuromuscular Paralysis (1 CME)

Did you know, residual paralysis affects 20%-50% of surgical patients undergoing relaxant anaesthesia and contributes to postoperative pulmonary complications (POPC)? ESA has launched its latest Microlearning Module on ESA Academy. This Microlearning Module will teach you strategies to prevent residual paralysis in the OR. Our experts present a step-wise approach based on real patient examples for healthcare professionals to exclude the risk of residual paralysis. Complete all 3 minimodules of...

European Board of Anaesthesiology thanks

The European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA) wishes to thank all anaesthesiologists and the members of staff from all the other UEMS healthcare disciplines who during these hard days of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, have worked in teams above and beyond the call of duty to care for an unprecedentedly large number of very sick patients in hospitals and ICUs throughout Europe. We would similarly like to thank all the nursing staff and trainees for their outstanding contribution to this heroic team effort....

Newsletter June 2020 Issue: Serbian Association of Anesthesiologists and Intensivist in COVID 19 Pandemic: Working on the front line

Vojislava Neskovic, Md, PhD, DEAA vojkan@gmail.com   On the March 2nd 2020 World Health Organization has declared that COVID-19 has become a pandemic disease. In Serbia, on March 15th, the State Government has declared the State of Emergency regarding the outbreak of the disease. This action has led to the implementation of the very strict measures of control and prevention of the disease spread. Although the majority of patients are known to have mild illness and recover uneventfully, it i...