Sharing Expertise

Tripartite MoU among B. Braun, ESRA and Siriraj Hospital to strengthen collaboration for sharing expertise to drive advancement in healthcare and enhance comprehensive course on ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia via Aesculap Academy

To drive advancement in Healthcare and sharing expertise

Bangkok, Thailand – December 7th, 2023 - B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd., the world’s leading medical technology company headquartered in Germany collaborated with the esteemed university hospital “Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University” and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA), a leading organization known for its high-standard research, education, and training in Anesthesiology. The tripartite agreement was forged after a long enduring relationship to advance educational training programs across the Asia Pacific Region through the Aesculap Academy Thailand, a leading provider of medical education.

This collaborative effort signifies a significant step forward in our shared journey, paving the way for two key initiatives:

"International EDRA Approved Cadaver Workshop for Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia": This workshop will continue to provide invaluable hands-on training in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques and  will focus on disseminating knowledge and new techniques in Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Nerve Block for anesthesiologists, encompassing both single-shot and continuous peripheral nerve block methodologies.

"European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Management (EDRA) practical oral examination (Part 2B) " from 2024: This program will allows participants to obtain internationally recognized qualifications in regional anesthesia without traveling outside Asia Pacific. With the written EDRA I exam taking place online next year in April, anesthetists in Asia, after successful completion of EDRA 1 can then register for the oral EDRA II exam in November in Bangkok.

This collaboration aims to enhance anesthesiologists’ expertise and broaden their capabilities, offering them the opportunity to receive training from field experts and participate in the board examination commencing in 2024. As a testament to parties’ resolute commitment to enhancing the skill set of medical practitioners to unprecedented levels, notably through the training and examination.

Furthermore, the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) serves as the official confirmation of a longstanding, strong partnership between B. Braun, ESRA, and the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital. This significant milestone represents a pivotal step forward in our collective journey aimed at enhancing healthcare by Sharing Expertise and propelling advancements in the field.

Assoc. Prof. Suwimon Tangwiwat, M.D., Program Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University, said

“It is with immense pleasure that we officially declare the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among three distinguished entities: the Department of Anesthesiology at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand; ESRA; and B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd. together with Aesculap Academy Thailand. This significant collaboration signifies the commencement of a joint cadaveric workshop, aimed at facilitating the exchange of knowledge, skill enhancement, and the advancement of global patient care in the realms of regional anesthesia and pain medicine. The impending launch of the practical oral EDRA exam in 2024 is eagerly anticipated, with the expectation that it will improve accessibility for EDRA candidates in Asia and play a crucial role in maintaining elevated standards within the field.”

Mr. Sayan Roy, Managing Director, B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd. said,

"Over the years, our collaborative efforts have played a pivotal role in facilitating training programs tailored for anesthesiologists throughout the Asia Pacific region. The unwavering support from the Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) has propelled us forward, representing a significant leap in our ongoing commitment to advancing and enriching the landscape of knowledge in this domain. This endorsement signifies a noteworthy milestone in our enduring dedication to standardize educational initiatives within the healthcare society, aimed at augmenting the proficiency of healthcare professionals. Such steadfast commitment underscores our relentless pursuit of advancing education and nurturing professional growth within the healthcare community. We firmly believe that this collaboration will yield substantial benefits, fostering a positive impact on the broader medical community."

Mr. Stefan Horn, Vice President Regional Anesthesia & Pain Management, B. Braun Melsungen AG said:
We are proud to announce the next chapter of the Cadaver Regional Anesthesia Workshop in Bangkok, starting in 2024, which is a three-party commitment (ESRA, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University and B. Braun) supporting clinical education at high quality, internationally accredited standards.
Over the last few years, the great interest in our program demonstrated by the Regional Anesthesia community, motivated our partners and us to further advance the level of training available and continue to offer valuable support to providers and patients. Sharing Expertise is written in our company’s DNA; B. Braun wholeheartedly embraces the significance of ongoing education in health care. Therefore, we empower health care professionals worldwide, e.g. by fostering collaboration among local anesthesia societies and promoting peer-to-peer exchanges.

Prof. Paul Kessler, MD, PhD, Co-Chair EDRA Cadaver Workshops and Peter Merjavy MD, PhD, EDRA Part II Vice Chair/ Co Chair EDRA Cadaver workshop said,

“The Cadaver Regional Anaesthesia Workshop in Bangkok has been organized annually in close collaboration with ESRA, along with the Department of Anaesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, and the B. Braun Aesculap Academy Thailand since 2017. Recently, the workshop has been granted EDRA Approval for candidates seeking to take the European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) exam.

In recent years, cadaveric regional Anaesthesia workshops have gained considerable popularity and attention, acting as prerequisites for the practical part of the EDRA exam. The collaboration is progressing to a new phase, as, beginning in 2024, a practical oral EDRA exam (Part 2B) will be introduced alongside the cadaver workshop. This pilot project seeks to simplify access for EDRA candidates in Asia and promote high standards of regional Anaesthesia across the region.”

The official signing ceremony event was attended by representatives from Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University”, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) and management team from B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd., reaffirming B. Braun’s commitment toward the vision “To protect and improve the health of people around the world”.

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