As well as producing the WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia the WFSA campaigns for improved Patient Safety around the world and in 2016 we launched the SAFE-T Campaign.
5 out of 7 billion people do not have access to safe and affordable anaesthesia and surgical care when needed. This astonishing neglect highlights our shared challenge to work towards realising the WFSA’s mission to improve patient care and access to safe anaesthesia.
The WFSA first produced the International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia in June 1992, with revisions ratified in 2008 and 2010. The latest version was published in May 2018 and for the first time the Standards were developed on behalf of both the WFSA and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
These standards are agreed and adopted by the General Assembly of the WFSA’s 130 Member Societies and are recommended for anaesthesia professionals throughout the world. They are intended to provide guidance and assistance to anaesthesia professionals, their professional societies, hospital and facility administrators, and governments for improving the quality and safety of anaesthesia care.
It is now more important than ever to promote these standards particularly in areas around the world where they are most challenging due to shortages in workforce, infrastructure, medicines and equipment.
Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody – Today
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 across governments, industry, civil society and beyond, and also understand where and why they cannot be met. 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 to drive and influence change, and so the WFSA has launched the Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody – Today “SAFE-T” Campaign to unite individuals, industry and organisations behind a shared mission.
The “SAFE-T Consortium” is a global collaboration of industry and patient focused organisations committed to the advancement of patient safety and the International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia. Together with the “SAFE-T Network”, a network of individual anaesthesia providers committed to these goals, these two groups will drive the SAFE-T Campaign.