Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) was founded in
1980 to further regional Anesthesia in Europe. The first congress was
held in Edinburgh in 1982 and since that year the society has gone from
strength to strength, with a current membership of over 2000 throughout
Europe. The scientific standard at the annual ESRA congress is now recognized
as one of the best in Europe, and as a result carries a high rating
with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, who
now assigns credit hours to all ESRA congresses.
international group of 1500 healthcare providers who specialize in regional
anesthesia for surgery, obstetrics, and pediatrics attended the 30th
Annual European Society for Regional Anesthesia Congress that took place
in Dresden, Germany from September 7 to September 10, 2011.
of the forum included issues of ambulatory anesthesia, anesthesia in
obstetrics, oncology, pediatrics, peripheral nerve blocks, neuraxial
blockade, and complications of regional anesthesia, treatment of acute
and chronic pain. Participants had an opportunity to gain practical
experience, share and explore the latest clinical evidence, best practices
and industry updates.
delegation consisted of 32 doctors, scientists and representatives of
medical industry. It should be said that representative of Tver State
Medical Academy Professor S.I. Sitkin, Head of Anesthesiology, Resuscitation
and Intensive Therapy Department of TverSMA was the first Russian specialist
to present his research at the ESRA congresses. His report on “Using
prolonged epidural analgesia in preparation to operative treatment of
patients having chronic pancreatitis with severe pain syndrome” in
the section "Chronic pain" caused strong interest
of the international community of colleagues.