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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....

Three months at King’s College Hospital, in the framework of ESA TEP

Lavinia Brezeanu laviniajipa11@yahoo.com I am Lavinia Brezeanu, a specialist doctor in anaesthesia and intensive care at Fundeni Clinical Institute in Bucharest, and assistant professor in anaesthesia and intensive care at “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest. I applied to the ESA Trainee Exchange Programme because I wanted to improve my skills and learn new things about liver transplantation and the management of critical liver patients, including acute liver failur...

Ground Breaking Research

CRASH-3: What is the relevant outcome we are looking for? Marc Giménez-Milà Robert G. Hahn gimimarc@gmail.com CRASH-3 is a recent controlled clinical trial that deals with the potential benefit of tranexamic acid in isolated Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (1). The topic is highly relevant and appropriate, especially after results of CRASH-2 and WOMEN where tranexamic acid administration showed benefits in trauma and obstetric haemorrhage (2,3). In CRASH-3, the authors recruited 12,373 adult TBI...

Advanced Airway Management During CPR

The chief editor note: As every year we publish some abstracts of lectures to be presented at the annual Euroanaesthesia November 28-30 2020, Barcelona. Kemal Tolga Saracoglu, MD saracoglukt@gmail.com Providing effective airway and oxygenation are among the main components of advanced life support. The points that determine the issue to be controversial are the absence of evidence that a routine tool or basic method should be at the forefront of airway management during cardiac arrest. There is...

Coronavirus and us

This new issue of our Newsletter is aired in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, a situation which is affecting all the world and is endangering and taking the lives of many citizens across the globe. Due to these circumstances all the medical teams, in each country and hospital, are busy day and night trying to offer the affected population the necessary care. Anaesthesiologists are on the first line of this cruel war against death, and they perform their daily activity on a 24/7 basis. So...

“Ensaio sobre a cegueira"

Marc Gimenez gimimarc@gmail.com José Saramago and his exceptional novel “Blindness” move us to a crude catastrophic situation where dehumanised behaviours are endured to survive. In the magnificent story, the only character that preserves vision is the wife of a doctor serving as the narrator, guide and protector of the community. The fiction was seen as a tough narrative to criticise the worse side of society and the human condition. The coronavirus pandemic is putting the medical and sci...