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.

We acknowledge that healthcare providers have a distinct responsibility to advocate for patients and communities. CASIEF stands in solidarity for those fighting for social justice and human rights. We strive to improve medical education and healthcare access for all people regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, or social circumstance.

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Dr. Patty Livingston named Officer of the Order of Canada (December 29, 2021) - Patty was the lead for CASIEF’s flagship Rwanda partnership for many years, and was the driving force behind the success of the residency program. With her tireless dedication to education, dozens of well trained anesthesiologists are now saving lives and alleviating suffering in Rwanda There is a full write-up available here. "For her contributions to… Continue Reading
CASIEF appoints new Chair, Dr. Joel Parlow (June 9, 2021) - CASIEF is pleased to announce that Dr. Joel Parlow has been appointed as Chair, CASIEF for a three-year period. This appointment concludes Dr. Dylan Bould’s term as Chair, however, he will continue to work with us through his appointment of past-Chair, CASIEF, and will serve for an additional three-year term. CASIEF and the Board of… Continue Reading
CASIEF Year and Update Report 2020 (September 1, 2020) - In case you missed it, the CASIEF year-end newsletter is now available! CASIEF Year End Update 2020 Continue Reading
Pulse Oximeters and the COVID19 Pandemic (June 12, 2020) - Oxygen saturation has become an indispensable tool to ensure safety in operating rooms and to triage patients.  In the COVID19 pandemic, pulse oximeters have become especially relevant in helping doctors stratify which patients have dangerously low levels of oxygen. It is the standard to determine if patients need oxygen supplementation and when more serious interventions,… Continue Reading

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