WCA 2016: 5 Reasons the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists was truly unforgettable

The WFSA and the SAHK were proud to co-host the 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong this month. The incredible event took place over five days with over six thousand delegates from 134 countries coming together. It is almost impossible to pinpoint all of the incredible events and opportunities that arose at the WCA, . . .

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September 20, 2016

Award winning HUSH Foundation to perform music and health plays at WCA 2016

The organisers of the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) 2016 are delighted to announce that the HUSH Foundation, a charitable organisation that brings together some of Australia's foremost professional musicians and actors to help improve the environment for staff, patients and families in hospitals across Australia, will be performing at the Congress.

The WFSA spoke to Dr Catherine Crock, a physician working at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and founder of the HUSH Foundation, about what we can expect at the Congress and why their sessions in the Arts and Humanities track are a must see for anaesthesiologists with an interest in patient safety.

WFSA: Tell us a bit about the . . .

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August 11, 2016

Building Safer Surgery and Anaesthesia: Reflections on Rwanda

Dr Ed Fitzgerald shares his latest experience in Rwanda as he returned to Kibagabaga Hospital to follow-up on checklist and pulse oximetry use

One of the remarkable aspects of returning to Rwanda regularly over the past few years has been witnessing the progression of local students and doctors who have been part of the shared Lifebox journey here. Students who have become doctors, interns who have progressed to become residents.

Despite 4,000 miles of separation, time has . . .

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June 02, 2016

SAFE courses tackle the huge number of maternal deaths globally

With one in seven maternal deaths during or after caesarean section due to anaesthesia related complications, it is time to tackle the anaesthesia workforce crisis.

An article published in The Lancet Global Health this month reported that 250,000 women die every year during or after pregnancy and childbirth, and 99% of these women are from low and middle income countries. Many of these deaths result from conditions that require surgery, such as obstructed labour.

It is impossible to perform safe surgery . . .

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May 11, 2016

Meeting the Asian anaesthesiology leaders of tomorrow

WFSA Communications Officer Niki O'Brien dropped in on the 2016 BARTC Fellows in Bangkok whilst on holiday

Arriving at Pier 21 Food Terminal on a hot Saturday morning in Bangkok, I was extremely excited to meet the four BARTC Fellows currently studying in Bangkok: Drs. Nay Myo Htun (Myanmar), Undram Maisakhan (Mongolia), Sokha Sann (Cambodia) and Tashi Wangchuk (Bhutan), as well as the incredible BARTC Programme Head Dr Jariya Lertakyamanee and . . .

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April 21, 2016

#WorldHealthDay: Anaesthesiologists play a vital role in Tropical Cyclone Winston response in Fiji

On the 21st February Cyclone Winston, a grade five tropical cyclone, hit the Fiji Islands. While Suva, the capital city, was spared any severe damage due to a last minute change in the storm's direction, more remote areas and islands were hit with devastating force.

The storm was the strongest to hit the Fiji islands in living memory, . . .

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April 07, 2016

Saving a life at Christmas: An account by a SAFE course participant

Dr Mercy Kiprono, not her real name, recounts an important case she faced on Christmas Day 2012.

Dr Mercy Kiprono was one of more than 100 participants who attended the SAFE Obstetrics Anaesthesia and Paediatric Anaesthesia courses in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia so far this year.
The SAFE (Safe Anaesthesia From Education) course, developed by the WFSA and the AAGBI trains local physicians and anaesthetic officers on how to give the safest . . .

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March 24, 2016


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