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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Shalini’s Guyana Blog – Week 2 (August 14, 2018) - Work Week 2 - Aug 13 This has been a busy week, a week of interesting cases and unusual conversations. Many things considered mandatory in London, Ontario seem almost frivolous here. Things like a sheet to cover the patient’s exposed body, blankets, bedsheets on the patient’s bed, pillows, alcohol wipes, paper towels, labour epidurals, screens Continue Reading
Shalini’s Guyana Blog – Two more from Week 1 (August 6, 2018) - Block room in Georgetown! There were a fair bit of medical students hanging around, it was their last day and they did not know what do so we started teaching them. They were delighted to practice their BMV, LMA insertion and intubation skills on a mannequin. We did make a make-shift block room in the PACU Continue Reading
Shalini’s Guyana Blog – Guyana Day 3 (August 1, 2018) - We arrived on Monday, uneventfully. I was surprised that my ultrasound machine did not create any problems! Our pickup was there, waiting patiently for us. We are staying at a place called “Project Dawn”. It is a fascinating place that was the brainchild of a nun Dr Cameron Gannon who started it as a medical Continue Reading
Shalini’s Guyana Blog – Pre-Departure Entries (July 31, 2018) - We will be following the postings of Dr. Shalini Dhir during her time in Guyana. Her blog is < >. This first set of postings leads up to her departure. Anticipation - July 15, 2018 The time to leave for Guyana is approaching. All paperwork and permissions have been obtained and Beth and I Continue Reading

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