For World Anaesthesia Day 2018 the ASA is working with World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and other Member Societies to share ‘The Right Stuff’ campaign with anaesthesia providers globally. Also starting this year the WFSA is part of the ‘World Restart a Heart Day’ campaign to raise awareness of the importance of CPR.
This year, alongside the World Health Organisation (WHO), the WFSA published the WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia for the first time. As well as workforce, the International Standards also highlight how important adequate facilities and equipment are to providing safe anaesthesia care.
Using WHO language, the International Standards describe equipment such as the pulse oximeter and continuous waveform capnography as ‘highly recommended’ (the equivalent of mandatory) and ‘recommended’ respectively, and will ideally elevate continuous waveform capnography to ‘highly recommended’ when appropriately robust and suitably priced devices are available.
This World Anaesthesia Day we would like your help in drawing attention to the vital role that equipment plays in providing safe anaesthesia by highlighting your favourite anaesthesia equipment.
There are many ways that you can join in #TheRightStuff campaign to raise awareness of the need for appropriate anaesthesia equipment.
To take part, simply print out the poster, available here, and fill it in with the name of your favourite anaesthesia equipment and the name of the country where you work. Take a photo of your or your team with the poster and ideally the piece of equipment and share it with @WFSAorg on social media with the hashtag #TheRightStuff. You can also use the following hashtags:
Tweet and share your support to @WFSAorg.
Challenge other anaesthesia providers in your country or region to take part in ‘The Right Stuff’ campaign by sharing our ‘The Right Stuff’ Toolkit here.
World Restart a Heart Day, also on 16th October, is a global initiative to increase awareness about the importance of bystander CPR and to also increase actual bystander CPR rates worldwide. You can find materials and more information on how you can get involved with the World Restart a Heart Day campaign by visiting the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) website here, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.