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The paper which changed my practice

From the deputy editor With this article, we open up a new rubric presenting various publications that influenced anaesthesia and intensive care specialists and lead to a change for better in their clinical practice. We hope that these articles, old or new, will entice and help you in your daily practice. Systolic blood pressure variation is a sensitive indicator of hypovolemia in ventilated dogs subjected to graded haemorrhage Perel A,  Pizov R, Cotev S Anesthesiology 67: 498-502, 1987 Liana V...

Report on EDAIC 2019: outgoing Chair of the Examinations Committee

Dear ESA Members, We, at the ESA Examinations Committee (ExC) certainly feel that most of our plans for the development of the EDAIC far exceeded our bravest expectations. This is my final report to you as the ESA Examinations Committee Chairman. I have worked in this committee since 2005 in different roles and witnessed the conversion of the EDAIC from a small exclusive western European examination to a truly global phenomenon. It gives me immense pleasure to report to you that the main trend...

Update: Euroanaesthesia 2020 is officially postponed to November

Due to the ever-evolving and challenging situation, we are all currently facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ESA is officially postponing Euroanaesthesia 2020 Barcelona, to 28-30 November 2020. Our community of anaesthesiologists and intensivists are still highly impacted by the virus and we realise how vital they are during this time. Being present in their hospitals far outweigh any other normal activities. Our members and community are crucial in containing this pandemic and saving...

Annual report – Scientific Subcommittee 3: Regional Anaesthesia

From the chief editor: We are pleased to include in this issue, as usual at the end of each year, some reports coming from the ESA scientific subcommittees. We would like to thank all the members of all the subcommittees for their energetic activity all over the year. Special thanks go to those committees which sent their reports to be published in this issue of our Newsletter. Scientific Subcommittee 3: regional anaesthesia – annual report Eric.albrecht74@gmail.com Regional anaesthesia, a su...

Letter to editor: Thoughts towards the creation of the Moldovan Anaesthesia Museum

Natalia Belii, MD. Ph.D Natalia.belii.med@gmail.com I am a Moldovan specialist in Anaesthesiology, working in a paediatric hospital in Chisinau, the capital of the country, and would like to share with you a short story about anaesthesia equipment. Have you ever had a situation when you go, and you don’t know where you’re going; you arrive, and you don’t know how you will go back? The towering inscription “Air Emergency Medical Services” on an old, rattletrap car sounds good, but it d...

A letter from the Immediate Past President

Stefan De Hert Stefan.dehert@ugent.be In January, I stepped down as President of  The European Society of Anaesthesiology after serving 2 years as its President and as a member, committee member, chair and Board member since its foundation. I am fortunate to have been able to be so deeply involved in the evolvement of this Society, and particularly fortunate to have made many lasting connections and friendships. The ESA’s commitment to the anaesthesiologist and our field mirror my own values...

Georgian anaesthesiology gets an important place in a very important scientific event

Mamuka Chkhadze President, Georgian Society of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine m.chkhadze@evex.ge In recent  years Georgian anaesthesiology has enjoyed a higher profile and importance in medicine in this country. The Georgian Society of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (GSACCM) has proven itself to be an efficient and very active organisation. It started  with the triannual international congress of anaesthesia and critical care, a periodical event attended by a large numbe...

World Congress of Anaesthesiologists 2020: It’s coming, make sure you don’t miss out

Every four years the world’s leaders in anaesthesia care convene at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) for 5 days of talks, workshops, socialising, and exhibitions to discuss cutting-edge anaesthesia policy and practice. For the 2020 edition the ‘Olympics of Anaesthesia’ travels to the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic from the 5-9 September. WCA 2020 is co-hosted by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and the Czech Society of Anaesthes...

To drink or not to drink (too much)- this is not a question!

Gabriel M. Gurman Chief Editor gurman@bgu.ac.il Many years ago, during my residency in Toronto, I used to work with a very nice and friendly resident, younger than me who,  by coming from an English-speaking country, helped me a lot in my efforts to become accustomed with the work system  (and language!) in that very prestigious Canadian hospital. But there was a problem. Much too often, and especially during night on calls, he could not be of any help. He was confused, stuttered, could not p...

The future of regional anesthesia

Manfred Greher, MD, MBA manfred.greher@kh-herzjesu.at The time it takes to double medical knowledge is decreasing dramatically: In 1950 it was 50 years, in the 1980s seven years, and in 2020 it will be only 73 days. According to the perspective of the Kontratieff wave concept which is predicting global economy and growth engines over the centuries, the 5th Kontratieff “Information technology” is followed by the 6th “Biotechnology and psychosocial health“. Health and associated care cons...