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Our favourite anaesthesia resources in 2020

At the end of a year in which WHO warned of an infodemic of resources and information, we’ve asked some of our Board and Committee Chairs to shortlist their favourite resources, articles, websites, books and presentations from 2020.

Are they missing any good ones? If you have any other recommendations, please share them with us via our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Prof. Adrian Gelb, WFSA President

Article: Wollner E, et al Impact of capnography on patient safety in high- and low-income settings: a scoping review, Br J Anaesth. 125(1)

Article: Santhirapala V et al. Towards high-quality peri-operative care: a global perspective.  Anaesthesia . 75 Suppl 1:e18-e27

Article: Zha Y, et al Assessment of Anesthesia Capacity in Public Surgical Hospitals in Guatemala. Anesth Analg

Article: Vlisides PE, et al. Perioperative Care of Patients at High Risk for Stroke During or After Non-cardiac, Non-neurological Surgery: 2020 Guidelines From the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. J Neurosurg Anesthesiology. 32(3):210-226.

Article: Santhirapala V, et al. Towards high-quality peri-operative care: a global perspective. Anaesthesia. 75 Suppl 1:e18-e27

Website  – Focusing on respiratory care this website acts as a hub for critical care education materials.

Webinar: UNITAR-GSF NSOAP Education Series #6, co-sponsored by WFSA and SmileTrain, The role of NGOs, academic institutions, professional associations, and other non-state actors in supporting the NSOAP process

Dr. Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, former WFSA President (2018-2020)

Article: Preckel B, et al.  Ten years of the Helsinki Declaration on patient safety in anaesthesiology: An expert opinion on peri-operative safety aspects. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 37(7).

Presentation: Prof Daniela Filipescu’s Sir Robert Macintosh lecture “Safe and Diverse – celebrate our strengths!” at Euroanaesthesia2020.

Prof. Davy Cheng, WFSA Treasurer

Website: WFSA COVID Resource pagesAlongside curating and signposting individual articles, WFSA’s COVID pages also list a wealth of resource hubs by the likes of WHO, ASA, IARS, Royal College UK and many more.

Article: Perioperative care in adultsGuidelines published by the UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

Article: Miller L, et al.  Guiding airway management and personal protective equipment for COVID-19 intubation teams. BJA, 125(3)

Article: Cook TM, et al. Consensus guidelines for managing the airway in patients with COVID‐19. Anaesthesia, 75(6)

Article: Cook TM, et al. Airway management guidance for the endemic phase of COVID‐19. Anaesthesia 2020.

Book: Evidence-Based Practice in Perioperative Cardiac Anesthesia and Surgery

Prof. Daniela Filipescu, WFSA Secretary

Podcast: ‎2020 WSC Spotlight: Sepsis, Pandemics, and Antimicrobial Resistance – Global Health Threats of the 21st Century

Conference: 2020 Sepsis Awareness Symposium: Sepsis and COVID’ – Dec 4th, 2020

Conference: Euroanaesthesia presentations, including the WFSA ones, are available at Euroanaesthesia 2020 ( (login required).

Article: Cardona V, et al. World allergy organization anaphylaxis guidance 2020. World Allergy Organ J. 13(10).

Article: Hodkinson A, et al. Preventable medication harm across health care settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Med. 18(1).

Article: Fasquel C, et al. Effects of intraoperative high versus low inspiratory oxygen fraction (FiO(2)) on patient’s outcome: A systematic review of evidence from the last 20 years.  Anaesth Crit Care Pain Med. 39(6).

Article: Rudd KE, et al. Global, regional, and national sepsis incidence and mortality, 1990-2017: analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study.  Lancet. 395(10219).

Article: Fleischmann-Struzek C, et al. Incidence and mortality of hospital- and ICU-treated sepsis: results from an updated and expanded systematic review and meta-analysis. Intensive Care Med. 46(8).

Article: Filipescu DC et al. Perioperative management of antiplatelet therapy in noncardiac surgery. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 33(3).  

Article: Filipescu DC, and Mihai S. Sex and Gender differences in anesthesia: relevant also for perioperative safety? Best Practice & Research Clinical Anaesthesiology

Dr. Carolina Haylock-Loor, WFSA Director of Programmes

Article: ATOTW 426: Practical guide for the intensive care management of patients with COVID-19

Book: The Gender Gap chapter 4.4 in Occupational Wellbeing in Anaesthesiologists e-book from Professor Gastao Duval (SBA).

Website: Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week – ATOTW’s new website works really well on mobile phones and tablets. It is extremely useful.

Mobile App: EPM essential pain management App

Youtube: ESAIC tutorial videos series. – Chapeau ! Recommendations for recording lectures

Prof. Pedro Ibarra, Latin American delegate to Council

Article: Bowdle & Munoz: Preventing Infection of Patients and Healthcare Workers Should Be the New Normal in the Era of Novel Coronavirus Epidemics
Anesthesiology: 132

Article: Solomon et alRoadmap for Transforming Preoperative Assessment to Preoperative Optimization. Anesthesia & Analgesia: 130(4)

Article: Mathis et al:  Preoperative Risk and the Association between Hypotension and Postoperative Acute Kidney Injury

Article: Sessler: Implications of Practice Variability Anesthesiology:132.

Article: Chow et al Reversal of Vasodilatory Shock: Current Perspectives on Conventional, Rescue, and Emerging Vasoactive Agents for the Treatment of Shock
Anesthesia & Analgesia:130.

Dr. Erlinda De la Cruz Oracion, Chair of the Safety & Quality of Practice Committee

Website: Society for the Advancement of Blood ManagementA very helpful website for those looking to improve their patient blood management, especially during the pandemic.

Dr. Stuart Brooker, Chair of the Professional Wellbeing Committee

Article: Milenovic MS et al. Burnout in Anesthesiology Providers: Shedding Light on a Global Problem, Anesthesia & Analgesia: 130(2) – An excellent article published by a member of the PWC just before the onset of COVID19. It is doubly important now.

Dr. Clare Roques, Chair of the Pain Management Committee

Article: – Spiegelhalter D, Use of “normal” risk to improve understanding of dangers of covid-19  – BMJ 2020;370:m3259. – He speaks brilliantly on this issue and has a very strong media/social media presence in the UK.

Website: – A collaboration between national societies providing once space for Covid related guidance – an excellent example of joint working.

Website: very accessible way to learn about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Chronic Pain. 

Book:  The Oxford Handbook of Global Anaesthesia.

Dr. Mauricio Vasco Ramirez, Chair of the Constitution Committee

Article: Jin Z et al Postoperative delirium: perioperative assessment, risk reduction, and management Neuroscience and neuroanaesthesia: 125(4)

Article: ASA Practice Guidelines for Central Venous Access 2020An Updated Report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Central Venous Access

Article: Albott CS, et al. Battle Buddies: Rapid Deployment of a Psychological Resilience Intervention for Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Anesthesia & Analgesia: 131(1)

Prof. Christina Lundgren-Steele, Chair of the Publications Committee

Article(s): New England Journal of Medicine COVID articlesA continuous and up-to-date series of articles on SARS-CoV-2

Website:  – An informative website from the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists.

Webinar: UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health – Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) – How to reach the missing 5 billion

Dr. Faye Evans, Chair of the Education Committee

Conference: GARC 2020/ganga anesthesia course.An amazing virtual anesthesia course on a 3D platform. Over 5000 registrants from 30 countries and offered for free. Hats off to the Department of Anaesthesia Ganga Hospital who took this opportunity to rethink we the way we educate.

Julian Gore-Booth, WFSA CEO

Website: World Anaesthesiology Workforce MapAn ongoing open source project to map the global anaesthesia workforce.

Article: Bouchard ME, et al. Cross-sectional analysis tracking workforce density in surgery, anesthesia, and obstetrics as an indicator of progress toward improved global surgical access International Journal of Surgery: Global Health. 3(6)