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Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE)

Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) was jointly developed by the Association of Anaesthetists and the WFSA. SAFE has been developed as a short CPD/CME course aimed at equipping anaesthesia providers with the essential skills and knowledge to deliver safe care to their patients, even in low-resource setting. The course is tailored to suit the needs and context of trainees and can be delivered to both physician and non-physician anaesthesia providers.

The first SAFE Obstetrics course was piloted in Uganda in 2011. Since then, the SAFE programme has expanded to include SAFE Paediatrics, SAFE Operating Room, a SAFE Training of Trainers course, SAFE Refresher Workshops, the SAFE Mentorship Programme and SAFE Online.

Since its launch in 2011, 185 courses have been delivered in 43 countries, training over 5,000 clinicians and a further 800+ SAFE Trainers

SAFE Obstetrics

A three-day course aimed at both physician and non-physician anaesthesia providers in LMICs. The course addresses the core and extended roles of the anaesthetist in obstetric emergencies. The course focuses on clinical scenarios based on the conditions that cause 80% of maternal deaths.

SAFE Paediatrics

This three-day course provides clinicians with refresher training in the essentials of paediatric anaesthesia. The course emphasises the principles of safe care for children, in particular, assessment, vigilance and competence in essential skills.

SAFE Operating Room

This two to three-day course was developed in recognition of the need for multidisciplinary training to support safe surgery. The course brings together teams of anaesthetists, surgeons, obstetricians and nurses and who usually work together but rarely train together. SAFE OR is delivered in small groups using a combination of lectures, low-tech simulation, discussions and role-play.

SAFE Training of Trainers (ToT)

Sustainability is central to the SAFE programme. SAFE ToT builds local SAFE training capacity through a one-day course to develop the teaching skills of clinical educators.

SAFE Online

Safe online is the digital extension of the SAFE Obstetrics and Paediatrics courses. Using an interactive and engaging online platform, SAFE online enables trainees to develop their skills and knowledge in their own time. The modules for the online course are derived from the traditional SAFE Obstetrics and Paediatrics courses and include live discussion with SAFE trainers. The course can be used as a refresher or to complement traditional SAFE courses or other relevant training.