World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) registration and abstract submissions open!

The registration and abstract submission for the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists held in Prague, Czech Republic, on the 5th-9th September 2020 is now open!
For more information and to register, visit the WCA website here.

WFSA at the World Health Assembly

The WFSA represented anaesthesia at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva
A delegation from the WFSA attended the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) which took place in Geneva from the 20th – 28th May 2019.
This busy week of advocacy was an opportunity to build relationships and develop new partnerships to raise the profile of safe anaesthesia within the WHO.
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The Utstein Conference

The Utstein Conference took place in June, funded by the Laerdal Foundation and jointly organised with the WFSA. Held in Utstein Abbey in Stavanger, Norway, home of the original Utstein meeting, this meeting on Metrics and Reporting Criteria for Anaesthesia, Surgery & Obstetrics Patient Safety brought together global surgery leaders including Harvard PGSSC, WHO, World Bank, Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, FIGO, Demographic & Health Surveys and the Laerdal Foundation. Given the connection between data and survival, the aim was to review and refine the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery’s 6 metrics, namely access to care, surgical volume, workforce, post-operative mortality, impoverishing and catastrophic expenditure. An Utstein style consensus publication is one of the meeting outcomes that we can expect later in the year.

ASA’s ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019 registration is open!

Register now to be one of the 14,000 attendees and discover the latest research and advances in the specialty.
More information here.

WFSA’s Impact Report now available to read online

The WFSA’s Impact Report for 2018/19 outlines the impact which the WFSA has had up to the end of 2018. In our programme areas of advocacy, education, innovation & research, and safety & quality, the WFSA has made great strides to realise our vision of universal access to safe anaesthesia.
Read the Impact Report here.

IASP’s Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is running a campaign throughout 2019 to raise awareness of pain in vulnerable populations.
The Aims and Objectives of this 2019 Global Year is to highlight the needs of people who are unable to articulate their pain in a way that health professionals can understand and/or whose pain problems are underestimated and so they are more likely to receive inadequate pain control.
Read more about this campaign here.

Global Airway management of Unstable cervical Spine Survey (GAUSS)

Anaesthetic providers from around the world are invited to participate in the GAUSS online survey being conducted by the University of Cape Town’s Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. The study is interested in current clinical practice in airway management of unstable cervical fracture patients. The survey should take only a few minutes to complete. Please help us to better understand your clinical setting and current practice.
To take part in this survey, please click here.

Interesting anaesthesia articles

A selection of articles on anaesthesia & global health published since April 2019:
FREE: Evaluation of Job Stress and Burnout Among Anesthesiologists Working in Academic Institutions in 2 Major Cities in Pakistan (Anesthesia & Analgesia, April 2019)
FREE: Building capacity for surgery, obstetrics and anesthesia in support of universal health coverage and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (East Central African Journal of Surgery, April 2019)
FREE: Development and Pilot Testing of a Context-Relevant Safe Anesthesia Checklist for Cesarean Delivery in East Africa (Anesthesia & Analgesia, May 2019)
FREE: Intraoperative Mortality in Malawi (Anesthesia & Analgesia, June 2019)
FREE: Improving Access to Safe Anesthetic Care in Rural and Remote Communities in Affluent Countries (Anesthesia & Analgesia, July 2019)
FREE: Effect of Intravenous Lidocaine, Dexamethasone, and Their Combination on Postoperative Sore Throat. A Randomized Controlled Trial (Anesthesia & Analgesia, July 2019)
FREE: Retrospective Comparison of 2 Management Strategies for Perioperative Malaria Episodes in Pediatric Patients in a Limited-Resource Setting (Anesthesia & Analgesia, August 2019).

Currently open for applications
Click the link below to find out more about our opportunities:

Applications open for the WFSA General Anaesthesia Fellowship, Bangkok, Thailand
Deadline for applications is the 5th September. For more information, please click here