Maternal mortality is high in many low- and middle-income countries.
Unsafe anaesthesia contributes to this, especially for women requiring
Caesarean section. Anaesthesia providers with limited skills and
poor resources are often faced with complicated obstetric patients.
A new course called SAFE-OB teaches a systematic approach to
anticipating, preparing for, and dealing with obstetric anaesthetic
emergencies. The course has now been taught in many African, Asian,
and Latin countries. Initial follow-up suggests improvement in skills and knowledge, and effective translation of these to the workplace. Efforts are made to make the course locally owned and sustainable.
We feel that SAFE-OB is an effective method of improving obstetric anaesthesia care.