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Welcome to the new EJA Editor-in-Chief

The ESA is very happy to welcome aboard our newest Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for the European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA), Charles Marc Samama. His role officially started on 14 September 2020. Charles Marc Samama is currently Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Perioperative Medicine,  AP-HP Centre–Université de Paris, Hôpital Cochin, Paris, France. He is the past-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) and also the pa...

The Lancet: Preliminary results from Russian trials find that vaccine candidates led to no serious adverse events and elicit antibody response

The new paper reports the findings of two open-label, non-randomised phase 1/2 trials looking at a frozen formulation and a freeze-dried formulation of a two-part vaccine. The two-part vaccine included two adenovirus vectors – recombinant human adenovirus type 26 (rAd26-S) and recombinant human adenovirus type 5 (rAd5-S) In the phase 1 part of each trial, the individual components of the two-part vaccine (rAd26-S and rAd5-S) were tested for safety. The phase 2 study then tested whether the va...

Newsletter September 2020: ESA will become ESAIC on 1st October

Prof. Kai Zacharowski, MD PhD ML FRCA ESAIC President communication@esahq.org   We are proud to announce that, as of 1st October 2020, the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) will officially become the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC). The ESAIC 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 societ...

Newsletter September 2020: The ESA Mentorship Programme - have the courage to be different!

Alexandru Rogobete MD, PhD, anaesthesia and intensive care trainee alexandru.rogobete@gmail.com   It all started as a dream; in the beginning somehow vague and blurred but as time went by more and more clear. I entered the ESA mentorship programme with a dream, the dream of developing a research network, the dream of learning and experiencing new emotions and that of building new bridges. In the beginning, I worked with a colleague from Spain and together we tried to walk through the myste...

Newsletter September 2020: Observational Study to evaluate the EPIdemiology of Surgical-induced Acute Kidney Injury (EPIS-AKI)

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a severe clinical complication with increasing incidence [1] and it is associated with adverse short- and long-term outcomes resulting in a major health care burden worldwide. [2,3] Recent reports on incidences of AKI indicate that every second surgical patient is affected by this complication, although the true epidemiology of surgical induced AKI still remains elusive. Since AKI is now being considered as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes [4-7], more...

Newsletter September 2020: Fighting the COVID-19...doing the impossible

Sanja Golubic, Natasha Lambevska, Slavica Boncanoska “City General Hospital 8th September”  Skopje, North Macedonia Sanja.golubic@gmail.com   In March our hospital was renamed as a COVID-19 hospital where all the COVID-19 positive or suspected patients who needed emergency surgery or some other interventions  (coronary catheterisation, angioplasty, dialysis)  were admitted. This includes also hospitalisation and treatment of more severe confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-1...

Newsletter September 2020: Editorial - 2020: A reinvention year

Marc Giménez-Milà MD, EDAIC, EDIC gimimarc@gmail.com   “While the brain continues to be a mystery, the universe will continue to be a mystery” (Mientras el cerebro sea un misterio, el universo continuará siendo un misterio) is quoted from Dr Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Decades before being awarded in 1906 with the Medicine Nobel Prize for the description of the structure of the nervous system based on neuron cells, he travelled abroad to Cuba. There, he would experience tough local heal...

Newsletter September 2020: Stress and Mental Health in Healthcare Workers During Crises

By Alex Rawlings ESA Patient safety and Simulation Project Manager alex@esahq.org   September 17, 2020, will be the second World Patient Safety Day. The theme for this day will be the safety of health workers and of patients under their care. The COVID-19 crisis that has been unfolding over the last six months has brought this issue to the forefront of patient safety. The impact on staff has been huge. Countries and institutions have only recently been able to take stock and to assess what...

Newsletter September 2020: A new TEP report

Dr Ianis Siriopol ianis.siriopol@gmail.com   My name is Ianis Siriopol and I have just finished the Anesthesia and Intensive Care Training Program of „Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi, Romania.  During these five years, I practised in several Anesthesia and Intensive Care Departments in University Hospitals in different surgical fields. From 2020, I am currently working at “Regional Institute of Oncology” Iasi, one of the largest hospitals in our region. He...

Newsletter September 2020: Does BCG vaccination really decrease the risk of COVID-19? A central European perspective

Chief editor note: We continue to publish scientific information related to the current Coronavirus pandemics, keeping our readers updated with the latest news on this topic. Paweł Piwowarczyk1, Michał Borys1 The Second Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland piwowarczyk.pawel@gmail.com   Recently, some authors have suggested that Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination might be a factor that decreases the risk of infection cau...