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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Adam on VAST (from the Sim Centre Opening blog) (February 15, 2018) - It’s alive…It’s alive! Victor Frankenstein recounts how he “infused a spark of being into the lifeless thing at his feet”. The idea for the VAST Course sprouted in July 2017 and for months, it existed only on my hard drive. Without the enthusiasm and support of the team around me, there is no doubt that Continue Reading
Many new posts from Rwandan colleagues (January 26, 2018) - Please visit the Rwanda blog. For those who have not seen and been following recent posts, fantastic work is being done in the simulation centre. Please visit the Rwanda blog.
Dr. Rao – Inspire Through Clinical Teaching (January 21, 2018) - My second week in Guyana started with the arrival of three more CAS IEF volunteers – Drs. Joel Hamstra, Senthil Thiyagarajan, and Anne Wong. We met with the CEO of Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Mr. Lewis, and had a great discussion about faculty development and the broader, “non-medical expert” roles of physicians and nurses within Continue Reading
Michelle’s thoughts on VAST, January 19 2018 (January 19, 2018) - As we wind down our second week of the Vital Anesthesia Simulation Training (VAST)  Course pilot project at the Rwanda Military Hospital, I wanted to share a few thoughts. Overall this is a comprehensive and incredibly well designed simulation course. The attention to detail by Adam as he wrote the course is to be commended. Continue Reading

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