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.
SAFE Obs is a three-day training course aimed at both physician and non-physician anaesthetic providers in LMICs. The course addresses the core and extended roles of the anaesthetist in obstetric emergencies, with clinical scenarios based on the conditions causing 80% of maternal deaths: haemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, obstructed labour, the complications of abortion and complications of anaesthesia and also covers early newborn care including resuscitation. Each course participant receives a detailed course manual, handbook and logbook to take away and continue to use as a reference.
The SAFE Paediatric Anaesthesia course is a three-day course which aims to provide refresher training in the essentials of paediatric anaesthesia which emphasises the principles of safe care for children, in particular, assessment, vigilance and competence in essential skills.
The course includes sessions on anaesthesia for common elective and emergency conditions in children, pain management, fluid resuscitation, newborn and paediatric life support and paediatric trauma management. As with the Obstetrics course, each participant receives a detailed course manual and logbook to take away and continue to use as a reference.
A two-day version of the SAFE Paediatric Anaesthesia course has been developed for UK anaesthetists in 2019 and delivered in several UK locations.
Since the first SAFE Obstetric course was piloted in Uganda in 2011, the WFSA, the Association of Anaesthetists and other partners have run over 185 SAFE courses in 45 countries across Central and Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific training over 5,500 anaesthesia providers.