Nuevas noticias sobre la European Society of Anaesthesiology

This year during our General Assembly we have included a crucial topic in the agenda regarding the name of the Society and we wanted to reach out to you personally on why we believe that this topic is in fact critical.

The European Society of Anaesthesiology strives to maintain the highest standards of practice and patient safety and fosters an exchange of information between our global community. Intensive Care (IC) is a significant part of this community – a recent survey conducted by the ESA showed almost 70% of the beds in ICU’s are run by anaesthesiologists and more than 60% of European National Societies involved in Anaesthesiology and IC have already or are currently considering adding IC in their name. However, Intensive Care is not reflected in our society name.

The proposal to introduce an addition to the name (Intensive Care) was unanimously supported by the ESA Council members, further reinforcing this need. Additionally, early this year, we had a meeting with leaders from the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and from this meeting came an agreement on a common belief between our societies that Intensive Care Medicine should only be based on competencies. ESA and ESICM have decided that they have a common goal. They accept the competencies set out in the endorsed ETR of UEMS of 2014, which they agree are still valid.

Intensive Care professionals should have a primary speciality, of at least 4 years, and have trained in an ICU for two years within or above a primary speciality.  These two years are to be based on the competencies ratified by UEMS in Granada. Each country should find ways to assess the achievement of the competencies.

Moreover, in medical, political, and economic terms, ICM is one of the most important fields in healthcare – and will most probably be even more so in the future (high demand, high quality of care with advanced technology, few beds, high costs), but the public is rarely aware of who runs such a vital part of the healthcare system. The ESA is strongly committed to public awareness as well as advocating for a European and nationally coordinated intensive care approach. Our increased visibility will help to not only educate public knowledge around the role of the anaesthesiologist but will also raise awareness of the profile of the anaesthesiologist for important benefactors, such as European lawmakers and our Industry supporters.

While the ESA does not currently include IC in our name, our primary exam does. In fact, our renowned European examination, covering the relevant basic sciences and clinical subjects appropriate for a specialist anaesthesiologist, is called European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC) and is based on the European Training Requirements in Anaesthesiology (ETR), recently licensed by the European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA) and approved by the UEMS, which encompasses all the extended competencies of the Anaesthesiology practice including perioperative period, intensive care medicine, critical emergency medicine and pain medicine, which in many countries are integrated parts of our speciality.

Properly reflecting our full community is imperative, now more than ever, as we work together to end the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to an unprecedented loss of life globally while putting great stress on the healthcare systems due to the fast spread of the virus and the high number of patients that need hospitalization and intensive care.

The ESA should, and will continue to, accurately represent our full community of health care professionals who are working together to not only raise the standards of the profession and patient safety but to end a global pandemic.

We thank you for your support and dedication to your profession as we work together to create a better future.

Best regards,

In name of the ESA Board of Directors
Prof Kai Zacharowski                                                       Prof Stefan De Hert
ESA President                                                                          ESA Past President


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