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The German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine

The German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Anästhesiologie und lntensivmedizin, DGAI) was founded in 1953, with the goal "of uniting the efforts of German physicians in creating and developing the fields of anaesthesiology, intensive care, emergency medicine and pain therapy, and to provide the highest possible standard of care for the population in these fields"

The DGAI is the scientific society of anaesthesiology in Germany and therefore responsible for research and training in anaesthesia. It is member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiology (WFSA), which includes the international societies of anaesthesiology worldwide, and of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA).

The official journals of the DGAI are "Anästhesiologie & lntensivmedizin", "Der Anaesthesist" and "Anästhesiologie - Intensivmedizin - Notfallmedizin - Schmerztherapie". The DGAI annually organizes the German Congress of Anaesthesia (DAC), the "Berlin Congress of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine" (HAI) and five regional congresses.

According to the federal structure of Germany, the DGAI is divided into 17 regional sections, gathering more than 15,000 members. The statutes of the DGAI anticipate full membership for anaesthesiologists having a completed board qualification and for physicians in training. Non-anaesthetists working in departments of anaesthesiology can be accepted as associated members. Physicians in training can be accepted as associated members. Foreign anaesthetists who have contributed to the development of anaesthesia in Germany can be elected as corresponding members.


The Association of German Anaesthesiologists

There is a close co-operation between the DGAI and the Professional Association of German Anaesthesiologists (Berufsverband Deutscher Anästhesistinnen und Anästhesisten, BDA) The Professional Association of German Anaesthesiologists, together with the scientific organisation DGAI, is responsible for the interdisciplinary co-operation with other specialists.


Current Projects


CPR-Training for non-professionals

AIZERT – Modular Certificate on Intensive Care Medicine
Advanced training in intensive care medicine to ensure high quality and competence

The Incident Reporting System of DGAI and BDA

CIRS-AINS ambulant
The Incident Reporting System of DGAI and BDA for practitioners

Tools, information and the latest background knowledge about patient safety

Deutsches Reanimationsregister – German Resuscitation registry (GRR©)
German database on reanimation measures (registration, evaluation, assessment)

Deutsches Thoraxregister – German thorax registry
Project of the German Society of thorax surgery and the German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine on the quality of thorax interventions

DGAI-Studienzentrum – Scientific Studies Centre
Centre for enhancing scientific studies with grants and further assistance (basic research, multicentre studies, registries and big data projects)

Network with database to ensure the quality in regional anaesthesia and acute pain therapy

Project to encourage young academics to become anaesthesiologists

International project to create anaesthesiological recommendations on rare diseases

Quality Assurance in Postoperative Pain Therapy

Sichere Narkose
Information for patients on narcosis

Scientific research network on multi-organ dysfunction in intensive care medicine

World Anaesthesia Day

Zurück ins Leben – Back to Life
Campaign for to improve the image of intensive care medicine


Anaesthesiology in Germany

  • Hospitals: 1,925
  • Beds: 498,350
  • Number of anaesthesiology departments: 1,090
  • Number of ICU beds: 27,550
    • including 15,956 surgical and interdisciplinary beds
  • Number of specialists in anaesthesiology: 25,814
    • including approximately in hospitals: 19,355
    • including approximately in private practice: 4,352

An evaluation of 993 hospitals in Germany shows that more than 90% of all anaesthesiology departments have their own ICU. Nearly 80% have their own recovery room, and more than half of them a special pain therapy and emergency division.


Specialist Training

Duration of specialist training (for board qualification): 5 years (minimum)
Additional possibilities for specialist training (as a particular competence) in:

  • intensive care medicine
  • pain medicine
  • emergency medicine
  • palliative medicine


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