Boston to Host ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017

We hear from the American Society of Anesthesiologists about what to expect at next year's conference

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting takes on special significance in 2017 as it returns to the city where modern anesthesia was born. On October 16, 1846, the world of medicine was forever changed when William T.G. Morton administered the first anesthetic for a successful surgical procedure at Boston’ . . .

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December 07, 2016

2. Travelling east and meeting more Kenyan anaesthesia providers

Naomi Pritchard, SAFE Obstetrics Fellow, continues her guest blog as she assesses and teaches obstetric anaesthesia providers across Kenya.

Dear All,

Since I last wrote, I spent three weeks in the south-western hill town of Kisii, travelling around banana and tea plantations to do my visits, and I am now at the end of two weeks at Kisumu, Kenya's third largest conurbation (behind Nairobi and Mombasa). I will be sorry to leave this afternoon as there has been a lot to keep me . . .

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November 30, 2016

1. Arriving in Kenya and beginning my SAFE Obstetrics Fellowship

Naomi Pritchard, SAFE Obstetrics Fellow, begins a guest blog as she assesses and teaches obstetric anaesthesia providers across Kenya.

Hello WFSA blog readers,

I am an ST-7ish anaesthetist from London, working as the SAFE Obstetrics fellow in Kenya for 6 months, and I will be sharing some of my experiences through a WFSA blog series.

My job here involves following up candidates from the SAFE Obstetrics training courses funded by THET, and trying to measure and record change . . .

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November 16, 2016

WCA 2016: 5 Reasons the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists was truly unforgettable

The WFSA and the SAHK were proud to co-host the 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong this month. The incredible event took place over five days with over six thousand delegates from 134 countries coming together. It is almost impossible to pinpoint all of the incredible events and opportunities that arose at the WCA, . . .

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September 20, 2016

Award winning HUSH Foundation to perform music and health plays at WCA 2016

The organisers of the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) 2016 are delighted to announce that the HUSH Foundation, a charitable organisation that brings together some of Australia's foremost professional musicians and actors to help improve the environment for staff, patients and families in hospitals across Australia, will be performing at the Congress.

The WFSA spoke to Dr Catherine Crock, a physician working at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and founder of the HUSH Foundation, about what we can expect at the Congress and why their sessions in the Arts and Humanities track are a must see for anaesthesiologists with an interest in patient safety.

WFSA: Tell us a bit about the . . .

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August 11, 2016

Building Safer Surgery and Anaesthesia: Reflections on Rwanda

Dr Ed Fitzgerald shares his latest experience in Rwanda as he returned to Kibagabaga Hospital to follow-up on checklist and pulse oximetry use

One of the remarkable aspects of returning to Rwanda regularly over the past few years has been witnessing the progression of local students and doctors who have been part of the shared Lifebox journey here. Students who have become doctors, interns who have progressed to become residents.

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Despite 4,000 miles of separation, time has . . .

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June 02, 2016

SAFE courses tackle the huge number of maternal deaths globally

With one in seven maternal deaths during or after caesarean section due to anaesthesia related complications, it is time to tackle the anaesthesia workforce crisis.

An article published in The Lancet Global Health this month reported that 250,000 women die every year during or after pregnancy and childbirth, and 99% of these women are from low and middle income countries. Many of these deaths result from conditions that require surgery, such as obstructed labour.

It is impossible to perform safe surgery . . .

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May 11, 2016


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