SAFE-T Summit 2019 a great success
Folllowing our successful inaugural SAFE-T Summit in April 2018, the WFSA and the Royal Society of Medicine co-hosted a second SAFE-T Summit on 5th April 2019 with a focus on perioperative safety through equity, ethics, gender, diversity and social strategies.
Our Summit began with a keynote presentation from Somaliland’s Edna Adan Ismail, and contained engaging and informative talks from the President of the ESA, Professor Stefan De Hert, President of the WFSA, Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, President of The International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists, Dr Jackie Rowles, President of the Association of Anaesthetists, Dr Kathleen Ferguson, President of The Royal College of Anaesthetists, Professor Ravi Mahajan, and many more.
A write-up of the day will soon be available on the WFSA website.
Update in Anaesthesia Volume 33 published and available online
The latest edition of the WFSA's Journal, Update in Anaesthesia Volume 33, was published in January. This edition includes articles focusing on the successful inaugural SAFE-T Summit in 2018, and authors such as Tore Laerdal (Executive Director of Laerdal Foundation and Chairperson of Laerdal Global Health), Dr Stefan de Hert (President of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and speaker at the SAFE-T Summit 2019), Dr Walter Johnson (Lead Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Programme at the WHO), and Dr Kerry Vaughan (Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School and Department of Neurosurgery and Penn Global Surgery Group at University of Pennsylvania), along with many other world-leading experts. Read this latest version here.
"It is our job to keep you safe and with no pain"
The Serbian Association of Anesthesiologists and Intensivists (SAAI) share a report on their "Month of Anesthesiology". Beginning on the 26th October 2018, the SAAI organised a public campaign which included television appearances and sharing information with the public, with the mission statement "It is our job to keep you safe and with no pain". Read more here.
Essential Pain Management (EPM) Courses now held in Burundi! EPM workshops were held in Burundi at the end of 2018, which were supported by the WFSA, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and ATSARPS (the Burundi anaesthesia society). By the end of 2018 there had been 537 participants of the EPM workshops and 62 EPM Instructors trained through WFSA-supported EPM Projects. Read more here.
Worldmapper's map illustrates uneven PAP distribution By using the WFSA's workforce data, first collected in the Workforce survey in 2015/16 and now displayed and updated on our Workforce Map, our friends at Worldmapper, an organisation which distorts countries' sizes on a world map based on data, has created a world map of the distribution of Physician Anaesthesia Providers (PAP). This map has distorted the size of countries depending on the absolute numbers of PAPs. Read more and view the map here.
Interesting anaesthesia articles
A selection of articles on anaesthesia & global health published since October 2018:
Stemming the global caesarean section epidemic (The Lancet, October 2018).
Data matters: implications for surgery and anesthesia in achieving universal health coverage (Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, November 2018)
World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist: Compliance and Associated Surgical Outcomes in Uganda’s Referral Hospitals (Anesthesia & Analgesia, December 2018).
What is the minimum number of specialist anaesthetists needed in low-income and middle-income countries? (BMJ, December 2018).
Global burden of postoperative death (The Lancet, January 2019)
A Global Anesthesia Training Framework (Anesthesia & Analgesia, February 2019)