The World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA), known as “the Olympics of Anaesthesiology”, will kick off in Hong Kong on August 28th 2016. The Congress, which takes place every four years, is a great opportunity to discuss anaesthesia and global health with a truly global audience, as well as take stock of advances and challenges.
The Harold Griffith keynote speech at the event will see Dr Atul Gawande, surgeon and award winning writer, and Tore Laerdal, Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation and Managing Director of Laerdal Global Health, take the stage to discuss what the future holds for anaesthesia and global health. This event will be one of the many global health discussions at the Congress that will map out the direction of anaesthesia and global health for the coming four years.
The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) will be launching the Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody - Today (SAFE-T) Campaign at the WCA. This will be an exciting new way of engaging with stakeholders in various sectors with a mission to improve patient safety.
Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody - Today
The SAFE-T Campaign was born out of an advocacy initiative with the same name launched on World Anaesthesia Day 2015. The initiative sought to raise awareness about the need to increase the availability of safe anaesthesia and surgical care worldwide following the release of The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery report which found that 5 billion people do not have access to safe and affordable anaesthesia and surgical care when needed.
Anaesthesia providers were asked to “unite for safe anaesthesia” by printing a World Anaesthesia Day banner, taking a photograph of themselves and their location, and uploading it onto social media.
The response was incredible, with thousands of anaesthesiologists taking part worldwide.
This success inspired the creation of a revamped SAFE-T Campaign which will be launched officially at the WCA. The Campaign will be a collaborative effort across governments, industry, civil society and beyond to commit to the advancement of patient safety and the International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia.
Pushing safe anaesthesia forward
In order to be able to realise the International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia we must first recognise that this is a collaborative effort, and also understand where and why meeting the Standards is most challenging. We must “map the gap” in access to safe anaesthesia and use this data to influence advancement in every hospital, and for every patient.
It is not possible for one organisation alone to collect the data needed or for one organisation alone to drive and influence change, and so the WFSA will launch the Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody – Today “SAFE-T” Campaign to unite individuals, industry and organisations behind a shared mission.
Launching the SAFE-T Network
During the Congress, the WFSA will be asking delegates to join the “SAFE-T Network”, a network that will unite individual anaesthesia providers to promote the International Standards and demonstrate their commitment to patient safety.
Members will be part of a network of forward thinking and active individuals from around the world who will provide data about their work and get involved in global WFSA advocacy campaigns. They will also receive a printable SAFE-T Network certificate, exclusive updates and invitations to upcoming SAFE-T Network events.
The SAFE-T Network will go live on Sunday 28th August and anaesthesia providers around the world will be able to sign-up through www.wfsahq.org and make a commitment. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the SAFE-T Campaign.