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Dr Alan Jay Schwartz named new Editor-in-Chief of Update in Anaesthesia (UIA)

2010 11 15 10.15.31The WFSA is delighted to announce that Dr Alan Jay Schwartz has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of Update in Anaesthesia (UIA). Dr Schwartz is succeeding Dr Bruce McCormick, who has been such an outstanding champion of the journal over the past ten years.

Alan Jay Schwartz, MD, MSEd is Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a Senior Anesthesiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, providing anaesthesia care to all types of paediatric patients. His clinical practice included adult and paediatric cardiac anaesthesia, and he has provided and taught anaesthesia patient care in Guatemala, China, Israel and Mexico. He served as President of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.

Dr Schwartz’s editorial accomplishments include Editor-in- Chief of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Self Education and Evaluation Program and Refresher Course Publication, Associate Editor of ANESTHESIOLOGYand Editor-in-Chief Anesthesia and Analgesia Case Reports. Academically, Dr Schwartz is the author of >230 reviews, editorials, letters, chapters and commentary. He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology with additional subspecialty certification in Pediatric Anesthesiology.

Dr Schwartz’s awards and honours include membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Leonard Berwick Memorial and Christian R and Mary F Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award.

We would like to congratulate Dr Schwartz on his appointment and look forward to UIA advancing under his leadership.

WFSA Releases Position Statement on Anaesthesiology and Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

WCA16 0131 SThe WFSA is pleased to announce the publication of our official Position Statement on Anaesthesiology and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The statement was approved unanimously by Extraordinary Resolution of WFSA's General Assembly.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is defined as access to quality essential health-care services and to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all, with financial risk protection. UHC is essential in closing the gap in access to healthcare, and the quality of healthcare, that exists around the world, impacting billions of people.

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery recently found that 5 billion of the world’s 7 billion population are without access to safe and affordable surgical care and anaesthesia when needed. This crisis must be addressed in order to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3 which aims to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030. The Position Statement explains that:

“There is an urgent need to address deficiencies in access to safe anaesthesia care. An additional 1.27 million surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia providers will be required by 2030 to achieve Universal Health Coverage. In many countries, particularly those with limited resources, anaesthesia is associated with unacceptably high mortality rates. Training and ongoing maintenance of standards are essential for increasing the number of providers and increasing the safety of anaesthesia for patients worldwide.”

Indeed, increasing the anaesthesia workforce is essential to achieving UHC. A lack of human resources in the health sector, and particularly a deficit in the surgery and anaesthesia workforce, means that safe adequate care cannot be provided for the neglected surgical patient. The UHC Position Statement seeks to explain and address this issue:

“In some countries, the anaesthesia need will be met by training anaesthesiologists. In other countries, especially those with limited resources, the need may, in part, be met by training non-anaesthesiologist providers.”

Non-physician anaesthesia providers are recognised as an essential element in scaling up the provision of safe anaesthesia, but the WFSA is clear that all providers must be led or overseen by a physician anaesthesiologist. The statement highlights:

“Anaesthesia is complex and potentially hazardous, and optimal patient care depends on anaesthesia being provided, led or overseen by an anaesthesiologist. The WFSA recognises that effective teamwork is a vital component of patient safety.”

The WFSA, as the only organisation to unite anaesthesiologists from more than 150 countries, is committed to taking the lead in working to achieve universal access to safe anaesthesia.

If you would like to read the full statement please click here.

ICRC publishes Anaesthesia Handbook - with the support of the ICRC/WFSA Liaison Group

Thanks to the outstanding work of Peter Mahoney and his team the ICRC have published their Anaesthesia Handbook which provides invaluable guidance for anaesthesia in austere environments.

The WFSA is very proud to have been able to contribute to the handbook and acknowledges the work of the ICRC/WFSA Liaison Group in making this possible. Download your copy by clicking on the picture below.

ICRC Handbook cover

The ICRC-WFSA Liaison Group is led by Dr Eric Vreede with Dr Christina Bartulec, Dr Philip Blum, Dr Rachael Craven, Dr Antoine Kabeza, Dr Francoise Labat and Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen.

Aplicaciones abiertas: Fellowship en medicina del dolor en Botucatu, Brazil, 2017

Entrenamiento y actualización en Manejo del Dolor, conocimientos que luego podrán ser transmitidos por el becario a sus colegas tras el retorno a su país, con el resultante beneficio en la atención de los pacientes.

La beca cubre “PARCIALMENTE” los gastos de alojamiento y valor agregado para viáticos durante el periodo establecido de la pasantía. Las condiciones de la beca se ajustan a la reglamentación actualizada del programa que la Confederación tiene a disposición y que se adjunta a esta convocatoria.

Duración De La Pasantía: Ocho semanas

Requisitos Mínimos: Médico especialista en Anestesiología, residente en uno de los países de Latinoamérica, socio activo de Sociedades o Federaciones de Anestesiología afiliadas a la CLASA y en goce de sus derechos.

La fecha límite para las solicitudes es el 31 de Mayo del 2017. Más detalles de la beca aquí.

Por favor complete un formulario de solicitud en línea aqui

Informacion, Aplicación Y Reglamentos Del Programa:

www.clasa-anestesia.org

Información: barros@fmb.unesp.br 

Aplicaciones abiertas: Fellowship en medicina del dolor en Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017

Entrenamiento y actualización en Manejo del Dolor, conocimientos que luego se podrán transmitir por el becario a sus colegas tras el retorno a su país, con el resultante beneficio en la atención de los pacientes.

La beca cubre los gastos de alojamiento y valor agregado para viáticos durante el periodo establecido de la pasantía. Las condiciones de la beca se ajustan a la reglamentación actualizada del programa que la Confederación tiene a disposición y que se adjunta a esta convocatoria.

Duración De La Pasantia: Ocho semanas

Requisitos Minimos: Médico especialista en Anestesiología, residente en uno de los países de Latinoamérica, socio activo de Sociedades o Federaciones de Anestesiología afiliadas a la CLASA y en goce de sus derechos.

La fecha límite para las solicitudes es el 15 de mayo de 2017, más detalles de la beca están aquí.

Por favor complete un formulario de solicitud en línea aqui

Informacion, Aplicación Y Reglamentos Del Programa:

www.clasa-anestesia.org

 

WFSA Announces 2017 Committee Project Funding

This week the WFSA is pleased to announce the 6 projects that have received Committee funding.

The projects include: “STOP! Post-operative Pain”, a pilot project to continue anaesthesia pain management training. The funding will also support the development of a teaching skills course in Malawi, the development of WFSA Global Anaesthesia Clinical Research, novel simulation-based training in Uganda for anaesthetic officers in low-resource settings, and a project to enhance patient safety with a new incident reporting scheme in Serbia.

Additionally, funding for Essential Pain Management (EPM) courses in Nigeria and workshops in Zambia was approved. EPM is a cost-effective, multi-disciplinary program, run in over 40 countries, and works with local health workers to improve pain knowledge, implement a simple framework for managing pain and address pain management barriers.

These projects will be implemented in the coming year as part of the initiatives of the WFSA Committees. Our Committee’s are essential to delivery and commit thousands of hours of volunteer time to the WFSA every year. For more information about them please click here.

WFSA Signs MOU with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to solidify future collaboration and coordination

FIGO LogoFurther to enthusiastic support from their respective Boards, WFSA and FIGO Chief Executives, Julian Gore-Booth and Johan Vos, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as part of an initiative for the two organisations to work together more closely. The WFSA will work with FIGO to highlight and encourage collaborative work between obstetricians, gynaecologists and anaesthesiologists in order to facilitate the highest standards of patient care.

The agreement will promote collaboration and coordination between the two organisations. The WFSA and FIGO will explore the possibility of collaborating on future project implementation and funding applications as well as the possibility of collaborating on future advocacy work.

Specific actions have already been set out for the coming four years, such as WFSA inclusion in the Scientific Programme at the next FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro in 2018. Similarly, FIGO will participate in the Scientific Programme at the next WFSA World Congress (WCA) in Prague in 2020. Additionally, both organisations will submit papers to the other’s journal publications (FIGO’s International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (IJGO) and WFSA’s Update In Anaesthesia (UIA), Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW) and/or the Global Health Section of Anesthesia & Analgesia).

Julian Gore-Booth, WFSA CEO said, “Mutual sharing and collaboration between the WFSA and FIGO will be extremely beneficial to obstetricians, gynaecologists, anaesthesiologists, and their patients. Both organisations are deeply committed to improving mother and child health around the world, and with 300,000 mothers dying every year during childbirth the challenges we face and the impact we can make are significant."

As the WFSA works to advance the crucial role of anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage around the world, it is vital to have strong partners such as FIGO to ensure a joined-up, multi-disciplinary approach to health systems strengthening.”

Aplicaciones abiertas: Fellowship en Anestesia Regional en Fortaleza, Brasil, 2017

Entrenamiento y actualización en Anestesia Regional, conocimientos que luego podrán ser transmitidos por el becario a sus colegas tras el retorno a su país, con el resultante beneficio en la atención de los pacientes.

La beca cubre los gastos de alojamiento y valor agregado para viáticos durante el periodo establecido de la pasantía. Las condiciones de la beca se ajustan a la reglamentación actualizada del programa que la Confederación tiene a disposición y que se adjunta a esta convocatoria.

Duración De La Pasantía: Ocho semanas

Requisitos Mínimos: Médico especialista en Anestesiología, residente en uno de los países de Latinoamérica, socio activo de Sociedades o Federaciones de Anestesiología afiliadas a la CLASA y en goce de sus derechos.

La fecha límite para las solicitudes es el 15 de Mayo 2017. Más detalles de la beca aquí.

Por favor complete un formulario de solicitud en línea aquí.

Información, Aplicación Y Reglamentos Del Programa: www.clasa-anestesia.org, danidumaresq@terra.com.br

WFSA officials discuss the role of anaesthesia at the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) International Conference

bisola and gonzaloWFSA President, Dr Gonzalo Barreiro, and Chair of the WFSA’s African Regional Section, Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe, attended the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) International Conference on the “Implementation of Global Surgery in Africa” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The WFSA representatives gave presentations on the crucial role of anaesthesia in African health policy as well as the WFSA’s role in health system strengthening.

Dr Barreiro spoke about the structure, mission and vision of the WFSA. He elaborated on the work done to scale-up anaesthesia practice around the world. He reiterated that safe anaesthesia is necessary for safe surgery and that it is important to find common ground between surgeons and anaesthesiologists. Finally, he expressed his concern about duplication and overlapping efforts, as well as the surgical community’s preoccupation with data that may hinder low resource countries who do not have data from taking appropriate action and moving forward.

Dr Onajin-Obembe then discussed anaesthesia as part of universal health coverage (UHC) and added that the surgical safety checklist is a vital instrument for monitoring patient safety in the operating room. She also addressed the shortage of anaesthesiologists throughout Africa, highlighting her own country of Nigeria, which has a density of 0.4 anaesthesiologists per 100,000 people. Dr Onajin-Obembe stressed the WFSA’s longstanding commitment to networking and working together. She discussed the urgent need to build the appropriate anaesthesia competencies in Africa, with an emphasis on anaesthesia as a medical practice, highlighting the importance of training and employing healthcare practitioners to combat “brain-drain” and the overrepresentation of doctors in urban centres.

PAAS 2017.14Dr Mustapha Kalolo, who represented the Chairperson of African Union noted that, since more than 70% of population in the world lacked access to safe surgery, many in Sub-Saharan Africa, it was imperative that a conference on implementation of global surgery, such as the PAAS International Conference, be held in Africa. Indeed, with 5 billion of the world's 7 billion people without access to safe and affordable anaesthesia and surgical care when needed, the WFSA continues to work to advance the crucial role of anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage (UHC), and will work with African partners to ensure governments and stakeholders scale-up anaesthesia practice on the continent in the coming years.

Applications now open: WFSA-Ohio State University Research Fellowships 2017

The WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee & the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center are partnering to provide two research fellowships. These unique positions are based at the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University, and are open to anaesthesiologists from low & middle income countries (according to World Bank criteria). The aim of the fellowship programme is to foster the development of research in less affluent countries. The fellow will work on a research project for a period of 12 months, with the final goal of publishing an original paper in an indexed journal. The project could form part of an advanced diploma, or a PhD thesis. The awardees will come from different countries.

The Ohio State University’s research programme is one of the largest clinical anaesthesia research programmes in the world, dedicated to enhancing research skills and training anaesthesiologists in the conduct of research. Research fellows are mentored by the OSU Clinical and Neurological Research Group, founded by the Department of Anaesthesiology, Wexner Medical Center in 2007. The group provides research support for multiple surgical and non-surgical Wexner Medical Center departments covering orthopaedic, trauma, ICU, general surgery, transplant internal medicine and basic science studies.

The selected fellows will spend 12 months in the OSU research programme in Ohio (preferably starting in September) working on a specific research project with support from the Department of Anaesthesiology and the WFSA Scientific Affairs committee.

Criteria for applicants:

• Working in low and middle-income countries (World Bank classification).
IELTS score of 7 and above in all categories.
• Preference will be given to applicants less than 40 years old.

How to apply:

Please apply online here and provide all required supporting documents, the deadline for application is the 2nd May.

• A presentation of the objectives and the methods of your project (2-3 pages)
• A letter explaining the aim of research project
• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from your national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from your current workplace (hospital/institution)
• Scanned copy of your medical degree
• Scanned copy of your specialist qualification
• Scanned copy of your passport

A selection panel comprising members of the WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee and the Department of Anesthesiology, OSU, will assess all applications. Shortlisted applicants may be required to participate in a video interview. The successful applicants will be notified before the end of May 2017.

WFSA Response to 'Global Guidelines For the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection' published in The Lancet

56128fd5 52f8 449c 873b 4b7aca94c6c5In November 2016 the WHO published Global Guidelines For the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection. The WFSA welcomes and supports this initiative to improve global surgical site infection rates, however as WFSA members voiced serious concerns relating to Recommendation #1 on Perioperative Oxygenation, we have raised concerns to the World Health Organization.

The WFSA's response to the guidelines was published in the March 2017 edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases expressing that:

"The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) calls on WHO to reconsider the wording of recommendation number one to reflect the preponderance of evidence that does not support the use of high-concentration FiO2 in the prevention of surgical site infections in intraoperative and postoperative settings. In routine clinical practice, the WFSA suggests low FiO2 concentrations (30–40%) for general anaesthesia in intubated patients intraoperatively, and suggests using FiO2 to maintain a normal peripheral oxygen saturation, above 93%, postoperatively."

To read the full statement please click here.

 

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