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The Bare Minimum: the reality of global anaesthesia and patient safety


McQueen, K and Coonan, T and Ottaway, A and Hendel, S and Bagutifils, PR and Froese, A and Neighbor, R and Perndt, H, The Bare Minimum: the reality of global anaesthesia and patient safety, World Journal of Surgery, 39, (9) pp. 2153-60. ISSN 0364-2313 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00268-015-3101-x


Introduction: Current guidelines for the provision of safe anaesthesia from the World Health Organization and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) are unachievable in a majority of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) worldwide.

Methods: Current guidelines for anaesthesia and patient safety provisions from the WHO and WFSA are compared with local ability to achieve these recommendations in LMICs.

Conclusions: Influential international organizations have historically published anaesthesia guidelines, but for the most part, without impacting substantial documentable changes or outcomes in low-income environments. This analysis, and subsequent recommendations, reviews the effectiveness of existing strategies for international guidelines, and proposes practical, step-wise implementation of patient safety approaches for LMICs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Surgery
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Perndt, H (Dr Haydn Perndt)
ID Code:106713
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-02-18
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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