World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

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144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
6.6.1 Global action on patient safety

16.9 million people die each year as a result of a lack of access to safe and affordable anaesthesia care, and in the world’s poorest countries 9 out of 10 anaesthesia departments do not have the equipment to provide a safe anaesthetic to a child.
Anaesthesiologists have a particular focus on perioperative care, and are concerned with the quality and safety of health care and have an important impact on patient outcomes. In May 2018 the WHO and The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) published the WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia, providing guidance and assistance to anaesthesia providers, their professional organizations, hospital and facility administrators, and governments for maintaining and improving the quality and safety of anaesthesia care. As a leader in promoting patient safety and perioperative care, the WFSA would like to draw the attention of member states to these International Standards, which highlight what is required to provide safe anaesthesia and perioperative care for the patient. With anaesthesia-related mortality up to 1,000 times higher in some of the world’s poorest countries when compared to some of its richest, it is clear that safe anaesthesia is indeed a life and death issue.
The WFSA welcomes a report from the Director-General outlining the global efforts made to date in support of patient safety, and emphasises how access to safe surgery and anaesthesia is pivotal for reducing the burden on health systems and generating economic benefit.

International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia: