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# 2 - June 2015
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Dear colleagues,
As current president of ESRA, it is an honour to address you in our newsletter as my first communication to all interested in ESRA.

The concept of our association, and therefore, our membership, has evolved, mainly due to the progress of social media and computerized tools that allow us to create, share or exchange information, and hence to achieve and expand education.

The ESRA Board wants our society to continue developing and supporting anaesthesiologists in the field of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Management. We have 35 years of experience applying strategies to make our society more attractive to anaesthesiologists. We have established our new structure and bylaws in order to make our society more attractive, modern, and dynamic. In addition, we will keep applying strict democracy and transparency to all workings of ESRA.

Our society is becoming more numerous, having surpassed 3,000 members in 2014. We expect more members in the coming years, from new affiliated countries such as Croatia and Slovenia, which already have representation on the ESRA Board, and from other countries still in the process of registering, for example the Baltic states, Romania, Slovakia, and more.

We seek ESRA members’ participation in all society activities. Therefore, all ESRA working committees will have room for members who wish to participate, after a selection process and the application of the terms of reference. All of this is in order to achieve the best balance between participation, representation and efficiency.

We are committed to the growth of research and education for the development of knowledge in regional anaesthesia and pain management.

I would like to invite all members to apply for our Research and Education grants and to take part in our educational activities, such as small meetings (e.g. ESRA Cadaver Workshops, Winter Week) and in our Annual Congress, which this year will take place on September 2-5, 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I hope to see you there.
José De Andrés
ESRA President
Prospect and ESRA Join Forces

Prospect (procedure specific postoperative pain management) is a group of surgeons and anaesthesiologists, which formed in 2002. Their aim was to develop a clinical decision support service, designed to improve the management of postoperative pain on a procedure-specific basis. We use evidence-based research methodology to develop the best available consensus recommendations in a clinically useful format. ​

Since 2003 prospect has undertaken 11 major procedure systematic reviews and consensus recommendations, updating the older ones as new data becomes available. The evidence and recommendations are presented on the prospect web site ( and are easily transferable to clinical practice. We publish peer-reviewed manuscripts in the surgical, anesthesiology and pain literature, present at international anesthesiology, surgical and pain congresses, and are consulted by national and international health groups for advice.
To plan for its long-term future and introduce new members to the working group, prospect is pleased that from September 2014, a formal Memorandum of Association between prospect and ESRA will exist;prospect will remain an independent academic body within ESRA but benefit from being within the ESRA Academic umbrella. ESRA will provide 2 new Working Group members, and two surgeons are also joining thus to help maintain the unique blend of surgeons and anaesthesiologists that characterizes prospect
Dr Barrie Fischer,
Postoppain (Prospect) Ltd
Managing Director

Click here to see The prospect Working Group
ESRA Annual Congress

The ESRA Congress in Ljubljana, September 2-5 2015, will continue the ESRA tradition of state-of-the-art presentations as well as new insights into basic science, clinical research and therapeutic interventions. The ESRA Congress provides the ideal forum for interaction between expert speakers and their audience, with many interesting session formats. Sessions include refresher courses, ‘Ask the Expert’, problem based learning discussions, luncheon sessions, live demonstrations, hands-on clinical workshops, including cadaver workshops, and of course, free paper and poster presentations.

A highlight of the 2015 programme is the simulation workshop, taking place at the Medical Simulation Unit in the University Medical Center in Ljubljana, focusing on different scenarios such as sympathectomy after epidural anesthesia. Additionally, the Hands-On Workshop: All Blocks You Need to Know in One Go is guaranteed to be very popular, especially crafted for participants with no or limited experience in performing peripheral nerve blocks or ultrasound guided blocks.

These unique opportunities are designed to maximise the participants experience and allow them to truly engage with leading professionals who can impart their knowledge and develop your practical skills. Space in all workshops will be limited - visit the website for how to register your spot.

Join us in fascinating Ljubljana, a convenient two-hour flight from most European airports. Ljubljana’s charm can easily be explored and navigated on foot and is well known for its traditional hospitality, natural beauty, a rich heritage of ancient castles and churches and – last but not least – excellent restaurants, both modern and traditional.
CAR/ESRA Portugal

CAR stands for Clube de Anestesia Regional (Regional Anaesthesia Club) and is the
national Portuguese society of regional anaesthesia and pain medicine It is also called CAR/ESRA Portugal because of its affiliation with ESRA.

Excellence moves us forward, promoting, publicising and providing training programmes in regional anaesthesia and pain medicine.
Every year in April, we organise our national meeting, as well as three hands-on courses throughout the year (two dedicated to regional anaesthesia and one to ultrasound guided intervention in Chronic Pain), using live models and cadavers/pig
models for image acquisition, transducer manipulation training and needling with more authenticity, respectively. Both types of courses include a specially edited manual.
We have also recently published a seven-minute long animated video featuring
magical drugs and two sisters who are fairies: Geraldine (the Sleep Fairy) and Regina (the Regional Anaesthesia/No Pain Fairy), with the aim of explaining anaesthesiology to children. It is available in Portuguese and English.
Free access here!
In addition, our HemoCAR App is a handy tool that includes international and national societies’ recommendations for regional anaesthesia in patients under anticoagulant/antiaggregant medication.
Stay tuned! The app will soon be available on the App Store!
Clara Lobo
CAR/ESRA President
ESRA Council Representative


ESRA Educational Grants - Application deadline is approaching

The next deadline for applications is June 30th: please make sure to send your full application to :
Click here for more information

PROSPECT /ESRA would like to announce the first new major systematic reviews under the new PROSPECT ESRA Caesarian section (LSCS)

Direct, free access on

Join us in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The 11th ESRA Winter Week Workshop took place January 18-23, 2015 in Grindelwald, Switzerland.
We welcomed 94 participants.

The 21st ESRA Cadaver Workshop took place February 27-28, 2015 in Innsbruck, Austria.
We welcomed 66 participants.

Need to explain anaesthesiology to children?
Watch this short movie produced by CAR in association with ESRA
and share!

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