Safe anesthesia and perioperative care globally



To collaborate with partners to build capacity for safe, sustainable anesthesia and perioperative care globally through education, knowledge translation, and advocacy

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Safe Anesthesia & Surgery Saves Lives

Five billion people lack access to safe surgical care. Surgical disease kills more people annually than HIV, TB, and malaria combined. Unfortunately, surgical capacity is least where it is needed most. Surgical care in low resource settings is cost effective and an indispensable, indivisible part of basic health care. Our philosophy is to work with anesthesia providers in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) to develop self-sustaining programs appropriate to their own needs. Consultations and collaboration with ministries of health, anesthesia providers, anesthesia societies, and local training institutions are key to building successful partnerships.

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Bethune Round Table 2019 Call for Abstracts (January 16, 2019)- CNIS Bethune Round Table in Global Surgery June 6 - 9, 2019 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The call for abstracts is now open! The 2019 theme is Ethics in Global Surgery. As the field of global surgery develops, it is important that ethical concerns remain at the forefront of its advancement. We encourage abstracts pertaining to… Continue Reading
Dr. Livingston returns to Rwanda (2nd edition) (January 14, 2019)- VAST Refresher Course 1 - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 We have been running the Vital Anesthesia Simulation Training (VAST) Course, a 3 day course that focusses on clinical practices and non-technical skills (e.g., team working, task coordination, prioritization) to improve peri-operative safety ( The course was developed and implemented last year. We have been studying… Continue Reading
Dr. Livingston returns to Rwanda (January 9, 2019)- Returning to my second home - Thursday, January 3, 2019 In the wee hours tomorrow morning, I will begin the long journey back to Rwanda. This will be my last month-long visit as a CASIEF volunteer, although no doubt I will return for shorter visits and to help with specific programs. The CASIEF-Rwanda program started… Continue Reading
CASIEF Featured in CAS Anesthesia News (December 13, 2018)- DEAR CAS MEMBERS AND CASIEF SUPPORTERS: It has been an incredible year for CASIEF with great success in all our respective programs. CASIEF runs through the amazing generosity of Canadian anesthesiologists and we would like to thank you for your donations that allow us to work on improving the capacity for safe anesthesia care in… Continue Reading

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