SARA - Swiss Association of regional anaesthesia and analgesia


Dear SARA Members

On behalf of SARA Board you are invited to the next SARA Satellite Symposium, to be held THURSDAY, NOV 8, 2018 in Interlaken during SGAR/SSAR Annual Congress. (see PDF Program) from 14:30 – 16:30. Here are some highlights:

  • Don’t miss the inputs of Dr. H. Kehlet about the role of regional anaesthesia in ERAS
  • What’s new in the use of opioids for neuraxial use?
  • Is there any impact of age on our way to perform regional anaesthesia?
  • What is the real value of IV lidocaine?
  • A provocative Pro-Con about the value of regional anaesthesia  (PD Dr. med. J. Aguirre) vs a quick and easy Laryngeal Mask (Dr. med. H. Bruppacher) in the ambulatory setting! Are regional anaesthesiologists only fanatics or is there some value behind our efforts to spread these techniques?

So don’t miss the General Assembly from 17:00 – 18:00). This is a fantastic occasion to get news from our society and from ESRA, to know what is going on next year in the Swiss-Regional-Anaesthesia scene and to socialise with SARA Board Members and other enthusiasts on the field.

Andrea Saporito
(SARA Secretary)


Recent Appointments
The ESRA Annual Congress in Dublin (12th-15thSeptember) broke the participant record with more than 1’700 Anaesthesiologists attending lectures and workshops! Switzerland was the 4thCountry with more than 50 Swiss Anaesthesiologists attending the Congress!!!

Switzerland has with 124 ESRA Members passed the mark of 100 members. Therefore, our Swiss ESRA Council representative PD Dr. Eric Albrecht has 2 votes during the Council Meeting. During this Council Meeting, the ESRA Board Member, PD Dr. José A. Aguirre, was re-elected Board Member for additional 3 years, congratulations!

The European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Management (EDRA) offered the oral examination (EDRA part II) as usual prior to the official start of the Congress from Monday 10th- Tuesday 11thand the written (EDRA part I) during the first Congress day on Wednesday 12th. Up to date, 14 Swiss Anaesthesiologists have successfully passed EDRA. The Chairman of EDRA, PD Dr. José A. Aguirre encourages all SARA members to take this opportunity into consideration as it offers the unique possibility to certify a high level of regional anaesthesia skills and understanding.

During the Annual Congress, several Swiss Anaesthesiologists were engaged in the different Board or Council and Subcommittees and were invited as Speakers and / or Workshop leaders demonstrating the important role of Swiss Members inside ESRA:

Prof. Dr. med. Alain Borgeat:                   EDRA Examiner, Speaker, Anatomy Workshop Demonstrator

Dr. med. Andrea Saporito, MHA              EDRA Examiner, Speaker, Anatomy & Clinical Workshop Demonstrator

PD Dr. med. Eric Albrecht:                        Speaker, Anatomy & Clinical Workshop Demonstrator (Swiss ESRA Council representative

PD Dr. med. José A. Aguirre, MSc:         EDRA Examiner, Speaker, Anatomy & Clinical Workshop Demonstrator (ESRA Board, EDRA Chairman, Chairman of Clinical Workshops)

Dr. med. Slobodan Gligorijevic:               EDRA Examiner, Anatomy Workshop Demonstrator


In 2019 one of the most well-known names in Regional Anaesthesia will retire from his academic position (and continue to work in research and clinic): Prof. Dr. med. Alain Borgeat, Zurich.

The Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine Department of the Balgrist University Hospital Zurich will, endorsed by ESRA and SARA, organize a Farewell Symposium in his honor. The program will follow soon. 
SAVE THE DATE: May 24th–May 25th

Lectures, tips and tricks from the expert and Hands-on Ultrasound Workshops will give an overview of the achievements in regional anaesthesia in the last 20 years and have a look at the future!
Don’t miss this opportunity!