Survey: Anesthetic care practices for infants undergoing surgery for necrotizing enterocolitis

Dear colleague,
A group of anesthesiologists, neonatologists and a pediatric surgeon from the Erasmus MC – Sophia Children’s Hospital has launched a survey to study anesthetic care for infants undergoing surgery for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The aim is to describe anesthetic care practices for these patients in neonatal units across Europe.

For this purpose, we have developed an anonymous, web-based questionnaire. We kindly request anesthesiologists working in European hospitals where surgery for NEC is performed, to complete the survey.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed with the link or QR-code:






We would very much appreciate your participation. If you have any questions or comments, please contact

Yours sincerely,

Judith ten Barge, PhD student
Alexandra Zwiers, pediatric anesthesiologist
Lonneke Staals, pediatric anesthesiologist
Gerbrich van den Bosch, neonatologist
Marijn Vermeulen, neonatologist
Sinno Simons, neonatologist
Claudia Keyzer-Dekker, pediatric surgeon

Erasmus MC – Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Online study questionnaire: ViP – videolaryngoscopy in pediatric anaesthesia

Dear colleague,
We need help from our specialist community in anaesthesia and intensive care.

Videolaryngoscopes have become increasingly available during recent years. Quite a few studies have been performed in children comparing videolaryngoscopy to conventional laryngoscopy. Videolaryngoscopy is often used in adult patients; with this study we would like to uncover the current practice when intubating children.

As a part of our SSAI fellowship in paediatric anaesthesia and intensive care medicine we have set out to investigate how widely videolaryngoscopy is used among anaesthesiologists/intensivists in the Scandinavian countries in the paediatric patient. Therefore, we kindly ask you to answer these 10 short questions. It can be done within 5 minutes.

Please note that we are only asking about intubation, and not other aspects of the airway management. We realise the questions represent a simple approach to complex situations, but please choose the answer most appropriate to your practice.

Please answer this questionnaire only once, as it is being distributed via multiple platforms

Best Regards

  • Jan Pallesen
  • Assia Amal Bada
  • Bjarte Toppe
  • Ingrid Stubelius
  • Joakim Hedov

ESAIC Survey: Artificial Intelligence-based decision support system for anaesthesia and intensive care

Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased and thank you very much for choosing to participate in our survey on attitudes, expectations, and needs for an artificial intelligence-based decision support system for anaesthesia and intensive care within the EU-funded „IntelliLung“-project. This survey is conducted by the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC), which is a project partner.

The „IntelliLung“-project aims at developing a decision support system (DSS) for the intensive care unit (ICU), which uses artificial intelligence-based algorithms to improve the care of patients undergoing invasive mechanical ventilation. Based on multiple input parameters, the „IntelliLung“-DSS suggests ventilator settings at the bedside in order to reduce the risk of ventilator-induced lung damage and improve respiratory support. Along with its development, a goal of the „IntelliLung“-project is the future integration of the AI-based DSS into the clinical work processes. With this survey, we aim to explore the expectations, needs, and fears of healthcare professionals toward an AI-based DSS for critical care.

In total, the survey will take about 10 minutes.

Thank you for your time and support!

ESAIC Survey: Limits of laryngeal mask airway in clinical practice

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to participate in a small survey about your standards in the use of laryngeal mask airways. The use of supraglottic airway devices is part of our everyday work, yet it is amazing how little evidence there is for many aspects of intraoperative ventilation or indications for these devices. This concerns limits on body weight, positioning or duration of use. Therefore, there are many national and regional differences which are shaped rather by attitudes rather than evidence. With this survey we want to get an impression of this heterogeneity. We would therefore be grateful if you could take a few minutes to enter the standards you have established.

Link to Survey

Thank you in advance for your precious time!

On behalf of Prof. Dr. Sven Bercker (, Consultant of Anesthesia, University Hospital of Leipzig, we thank you in advance for your time and effort to fill out this survey.

No personal data and no IP addresses are transmitted. The survey is completely anonymous. Please use the link only once.

ESICM-NEXT group: Scientific event, The Jamboree 2023

On Tuesday 23 May, the ESICM-NEXT group will deliver a 6-hour online scientific event, The Jamboree 2023, in which our younger colleagues (<38 years) will be the speakers. After a call has been launched within the NEXT group, we received several suggestions of highly scientific topics and speakers, making the programme that is attached to this message.

This event is open for free to any ICU specialist, nurse and allied professional, whether they are an ESICM member or not (yet). The NEXT seek to speak to all their colleagues from anywhere in the world.

The event will be broadcasted on the ESICM LIVES-STREAM platform and a chat will allow interaction with the speakers and other attendees. A replay will be available shortly after on the same platform.

SSAI board: Post-doc grant for 2024-2025

The Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica Foundation and the Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI) Research Committee announces:
A new post-doctoral grant program for 2024 will provide 50% research time each year for 2 years (salary to the clinical department) for a clinician who recently completed his/her research training (PhD granted within the last 5 years). Support will be for 2 years, half-time, in a clinical post-doctoral setting within the applicant’s own department.  There will be 1 grant award for this period.
·       Priority will be given to applications for projects within Anaesthesiology/Intensive care medicine/Pain medicine/Acute or emergency medicine and/or related subject areas.
·       Priority will be given to projects that involve more than one Nordic country.
·       Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate research collaboration between more than one university and research group.
·       Priority will be given to applicants who can be clinically active (part-time) during the period.

Applicants must be members of the SSAI (and members of their own national society). Applications must include a complete applicant information form, a curriculum vitae, a brief non-technical summary of the research project (not more than 400 words), and a research program presentation (not more than 8 A4 pages) all in one pdf document. The research program should clearly identify which activities and goals (milestones) the applicant anticipates they will achieve during the post-doc period. The application form should be signed by the applicant’s clinical head of department, confirming a commitment for 50% scheduled research time.
The application must be submitted to the SSAI Research Committee by 1 September 2023 to (
The review and ranking of applications will be conducted independently by the SSAI Research Committee, together with additional qualified representatives chosen by the Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica Foundation. Assessors with conflicts of interests will not review the relevant applications.
Applications will be ranked based on the following criteria:
·       general scientific quality of the research program
·       originality
·       methodological quality
·       feasibility including budget
On behalf of the Acta Foundation, SSAI Board, and the SSAI Research Committee
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