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WFSA statement on patient safety for 74th World Health Assembly

The WFSA board have presented the following statement on ‘Global Action on Patient Safety’ at the 74th World Health Assembly.

WFSA is a Non-State Actor in official relations with WHO. The statement was presented orally by Prof. Christina Lundgren-Steele on 28 May 2021.

Agenda item 13.1: Global action on patient safety

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), a member of the WHO Global Patient Safety Network, is at the forefront of efforts to improve and embed patient safety into clinical practice and standards.

The WHO – WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia were developed to support countries to implement minimum standards of anaesthesia care.

Patient safety is inextricably linked to healthcare worker wellbeing. The COVID response has put further pressure on anaesthesiologists and intensivists at a time when low health workforce numbers is placing additional stresses on already strained health systems.

WFSA urges member states to:

  1. Develop guidelines which prioritise and protect the professional wellbeing of healthcare workers.
  2. Work with WFSA member societies to implement the WHO-WFSA International Standards.