EUSEM COVID-19 webinars

As you might have noticed, EUSEM is very active with the organisation of several webinars . To keep everything clear, we inform you that we are doing 3 different tracks of webinars, mentioned below. We made a calendar for you with information about all the webinars, including links to recordings and reports of past webinars. Check the calendar here

Symbol paediatricUpdate of the Covid situation in Europe
Speakers reporting from different European countries on the impact and the actual situation.

Registration for the 3rd update is open, with updates from China, South Korea and many more - April 30, 9:00 CEST


Symbol paediatricHow to treat the disease
State of the art of Covid-19 patient care and management, with special focus on patient inflow, characteristics of the disease, imaging and oxygen and the step down.

Registration is open for the fourth edition: the COVID-19 patient needs oxygen - April 23, 16:00 CEST

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Paediatric Covid-19
Review and management of the Covid-19 impact on the Paediatric Emergency Departments and patients.

Watch the recording of the 2nd webinar with Paediatric Research Updates and national updates from China, Sweden and The Netherlands




Final report first edition of COVID-19 webinar

Our respected colleague Kelly Janssens analysed the data shared by 9 European countries presenting the first edition of the EUSEM COVID-19 webinar. In the final report created together with our President Luis Castrillo, the data is presented in very useful graphs and tables to make the data comparable. Please find it here

Also the whole Q&A is added to the report, containing again a lot of information for you to take into account while challenging the crisis.  

The recording of the webinar is on the EUSEM Academy

Here you can also find the first Paediatric webinar in the light of COVID-19, that was recorded yesterday:

I want to let you know, that you can login to the Academy with your EUSEM account to be able to join the forum. Here we can share experience and give guidance to each other or you can suggest topics for future webinars. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create one for free here:



The world didn’t face a situation like this since a very long time and a pandemic is new to many European health carers. In this light the sharing of information is of utmost importance.

This was the objective of the first COVID webinar on March 28. Physicians from 9 European countries provided updates and shared their precious experience about the management of the pandemic in their respective country with the aim to help their colleagues.

The emergency physicians from Italy, the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Turkey, Norway and Greece all finalised their presentation with “Lessons learned”; more a personal reflection on the situation instead of looking at the numbers.

The common conclusion is that the preparedness of the healthcare systems in whole Europe is not up to par. It’s an eye opener we must learn from and turn the ugly truth into a lesson.

The most striking remark from Pascual Piñera Salmerón:

“It is not a time for reproaches, just work, then we will have to make a deep reflection.”

A part of this reflection will contain the conclusions that:

  • Europe must be less arrogant. To think that something like this would not happen to us.
  • In many cases there was no correct translation of strategic crisis management to field operations.
  • The political management of the crisis is chaotic and different in every country.
  • Governments have failed to develop effective policies with regards to the prompt availability of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Protection of the staff should be a much higher priority. It motivates them to fight.

A strong encouragement for all to be humble, identify common parameters and standards for the EDs and work cooperatively and effectively to put an end to this emergency as soon as possible.

There is also a lot of positive to mention. Health care workers are demonstrating a strong collaboration, transcending specialties, proving their commitment to fight against a common enemy and towards a common goal.

So many people stepped up to help selflessly and got infected or even died providing care to patients or helping in any other way. We need to remember them forever.

The crisis has made very clear that the European Union needs to progress when it comes to protocols on a European level. By sharing information, we can help pushing for a European COVID ED protocol.

For a better Emergency Medicine care, ask for more. More nurses, more doctors, more services. Support us.

The next webinar in this series will be organised on April 18, 9:00 CEST. Do not miss it!



In the first edition of our paediatric webinar series, held April 7, we started to review the current state of the art and continue to share experiences from the PED in highly impacted countries; France, Spain and Italy. It was a very interesting webinar, with many participants and a lot of questions answered. 

The recording is now available on the EUSEM Academy: Guidance on COVID-19 in Paediatrics Open access for everybody.

The PDF's and Q&A will be shared here as well soon. 

With a special thanks to Ruud Nijman, Roberto Velasco and Luigi Titomanlio for organising this.

Please note that if you login with your EUSEM account, you can ask questions in the forum and exchange experiences or suggest topics for upcoming webinars. So let's share that information!
When logged in you have access to much more material.

You'll find the webinar from March 28 there as well: COVID-19, A Unique Insight from Highly Impacted Countries 

SAVE THE DATE!: The next webinar will be held on the 24th of April at 14:00 CEST.


Guidance on the management of clinical trials during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

We would like to bring to your attention the publication of the “guidance on the management of clinical trials during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic”.

The European Medicines Agency, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Inspectors Working Group, the Clinical Trials Facilitation and Coordination Group (CTFG, a working group of the Heads of Medicines Agency (HMA)), the Clinical Trials Expert Group (CTEG, a working group of the European Commission representing Ethics Committees and National Competent Authorities) and the European Commission (EC) acknowledge the impact of COVID-19 on the health system and broader society, and the impact it may have on clinical trials and trial participants. Extraordinary measures may need to be implemented and trials adjusted due to e.g. trial participants being in self-isolation/quarantine, limited access to public places (including hospitals) due to the risk of spreading infections, and health care professionals being committed to critical tasks. Therefore, EMA, EC and HMA strongly support the efforts of the GCP Inspectors’ Working Group for developing a harmonised EU/EEA-level guidance to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the conduct of clinical trials.

The situation is evolving, and pragmatic actions may be required to deal with the challenges of conducting research, and in ensuring the rights, safety and wellbeing of participants. The points mentioned below are intended to provide guidance for all parties involved in clinical trials during this time.

Due to the urgency, this guidance is issued without prior public consultation. The sponsors should note that due to the rapidly evolving situation further updates to this guidance are possible and likely.