In order to promote our anaesthesiology profession and patient safety, the Serbian Association of Anesthesiologists and Intensivists (SAAI) organised a public campaign: a Month of Anesthesiology, which began on October 26th 2018. The adopted mission statement was:
It is our job to keep you safe and with no pain.
Anaesthesiologists, members of SAAI, made public appearances in Belgrade and Novi Sad, interacting with the community, sharing some simple but vital knowledge such as how to use pulse oximeters and explaining the challenges of their everyday work. Citizens were invited to take part in the survey: ‘Exactly how much do we know about what anesthesiologists do?’
Five hundred citizens took part in this survey, and the results will be published on the SAAI official website, as well as in the official journal, The Serbian Journal of Anesthesia and Intensive Therapy - SJAIT.
The campaign also included interviews and television appearances, all for the purpose of promoting anaesthesia and the importance of perioperative medicine.
The final event of our Month of Anesthesiology was the ‘XIII Serbian Congress of Anesthesiologists and Intensivists’, held on the 22nd-25th of November 2018 in Belgrade, which included the First Patient Safety Symposium organized in Serbia.
The Serbian Association of Anesthesiologists and Intensivists believes that public campaigns are valuable for increasing the visibility of our profession, but most of all, for promoting a common understanding of perioperative patient safety and, eventually, the quality of standards in our practice.
The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists unites anaesthesiologists around the world to improve patient care & access to safe anaesthesia and perioperative medicine. Through advocacy and education programmes we work to avert the global crisis in anaesthesia.