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A decade after the launch of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, a new report finds widespread uptake and impact. What’s next for the Checklist?

Kristine Stave kristine@lifebox.org If surgery has become an essential part of enabling human beings to live long and healthy lives, then the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist has become an essential part of enabling safe surgery. On January 15, 2020, Lifebox, the global safe-surgery non-profit and long-time ESA partner, and Ariadne Labs, a centre for health systems innovation at Harvard University, released “Checking In On the Checklist,” a report – and an acco...

Post-operative hypotension and ward monitoring

Frederic Michard, MD, PhD Lausanne, Switzerland Postoperative hypotension is common, largely undetected, and strongly associated with postoperative morbidity and mortality. A recent study (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30875354) showed that around 25% of postsurgical ward patients experienced at least one episode of mean arterial pressure (MAP) <70 mmHg lasting at least 30 minutes, and 18% had an episode of MAP <65 mmHg lasting at least 15 minutes. Nearly half the patients who had a MAP &l...

Invitation to the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Prague

Prof. Daniela Filipescu European member in the WFSA Council danielafilipescu@b.astral.ro The 17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA), hosted by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and organised by the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, will take place between 5-9 September 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic (www.wcaprague2020.com). Please accept this invitation to join us. The WFSA was founded in 1955 with the occasion of the first WCA i...

Do we need to know more about our (dead) patients?

Gabriel M. Gurman, MD. Editor-in-chief gurman@bgu.ac.il I still remember those days during my medical studies, many years ago, when we used to spend half a day every week in the autopsy room of the department of pathology, to learn how to use this postmortem method of investigation to improve the quality of our clinical activity, by increasing the rate of correct diagnosis. Very often we were accompanied there by our clinical teacher, who knew the diagnosis of the dead patient, compared the auto...

European Journal of Anaesthesiology highlights

From the deputy editor: With this article, we open up a new rubric for all members of our Society who are thirsty for new and exciting research published in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology. It is another good example of collaborative work between different groups of ESA with the sole objective of helping the clinicians answering day to day clinical dilemmas or unknowns. Marc Gimenez gimimarc@gmail.com We strongly recommend the prospective cohort study by Wang et al (1) studying the inci...

ESA Initiative during the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 or novel coronavirus) Outbreak

Marcelo Gama de Abreu1 and Paolo Pelosi2, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the ESA ppelosi@hotmail.com 1 ESA Board Member; 2 Past ESA President   Dear colleagues, Dear caregivers working in the operating room, emergency room, intensive care unit and anaesthesia ambulatory services, We are witnessing the rapid spreading of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (also known as COVID-19, or novel coronavirus) across Europe and the rest of the world. The ESA will endeavour to provide you with information o...

ESA TEP Experience – Glenn Paul Abela – Malta

Ospedale Policlinico San Martino – Genova, Italy September 1 to November 30, 2019 Having trained in anaesthetics and intensive care in a small country, I always intended to spend some time abroad to extend my experience, learn new techniques and see how things can be done differently. To this end, I applied to participate for the ESA Trainee Exchange Program, a program which organises attachments in European centres of excellence for a period of up to three months. Moreover, this is fully-fun...

Another TEP (Trainees Exchange Program) Report

Chief editor note: We are pleased to go on with our tradition and publish reports on the successful ESA program, the Trainee Exchange Program (TEP), which offer our young colleagues a chance to spend some months in a well-known anaesthesia department and improve their clinical experience and skills. Jan Jakus Johnny.jakus@gmail.com I work in The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Bratislava, Slovakia. My TEP destination was the Clinic for Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine...

ESA Guidelines launches a Methodology Group

With the goal of enhancing the quality and ethical standards, and to address methodological issues ESA Guidelines has launched a Methodology Group. ESA produces approximatively three Guidelines per year, aiming to deliver the best clinical practice advice to anesthesiologists. Writing a Guideline is not limited to the literature review or finding the right PICOs: there must be a methodology advisor who strengthens the work of the task force members. The need for a Methodology group arises becaus...

The effects of night-time surgery on patient outcome

Andrea Cortegiani, Giulia Ingoglia, Mariachiara Ippolito andrea.cortegiani@unipa.it Over the past 50 years, increasing attention has been given to patient safety; nevertheless, perioperative complications are still leading to roughly more than 1.5 million deaths on an annual basis.1 During the perioperative care, clinical outcomes originate from a complex interaction between patients’ condition, technical aspects (e.g. expertise of the team), intrinsic characteristics of the environment (e.g....