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Anaesthesia Facility Assessment Tool

Based on the recently updated 2018 WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia the WFSA has developed the Anaesthesia Facility Assessment Tool (AFAT) in order to help regional and national anaesthesia and health care leadership to gather data about anaesthesia workforce, equipment, medicines and practice at the facility level.

The AFAT is part of a shared effort to improve data collection and knowledge management in support of the implementation of World Health Assembly Resolution 68.15 and to ensure that anaesthesia is represented in national health planning and in National Surgical, Obstetric & Anaesthesia Plans (NSOAPs).

Learn more about NSOAPs.

 Data Collection and Entry:

Data collection can occur in three potential ways:

  1. Data can be collected on paper forms (links to pdfs for printing are below). Once data forms are completed, you can manually enter the data into the WFSA RedCap database. To receive the link for data entry using a computer, please click the green button below. (Requires Internet)
  2. Data can be entered directly online (as it is collected) into the WFSA RedCap database online using either a computer or tablet. To receive the link for data entry using a computer, please click the green button below. If you choose to use direct data entry via tablet, please contact comms@wfsahq.org prior to data collection in order to receive tablet setup instructions. (Requires Internet)
  3. Data can be collected on paper forms (links below) and entered into your database of choice for analysis and not shared in the WFSA RedCap database.

All data entered online will be stored in a secure RedCap database, jointly maintained by the WFSA and the UCSF Anesthesia Division of Global Health Equity.

Enter data using the electronic survey tool:

By checking this box, I acknowledge that data collection and sharing of these data have been done in accordance with all applicable ethics, research and legal protocols.

 The survey form can be downloaded as a pdf in the following languages:

Access to Data:

All data entered electronically will be analysed by the WFSA, and may be reported publicly in aggregated format as part of global, regional, national, or district level anaesthesia capacity assessments. Names of those individuals completing the survey tool will never be reported. If you enter data into this RedCap database, you may request a copy of the data you have entered for your own records and analysis. Such requests, analyses, and reporting must be done in accordance with your local laws and research protocols.

This survey is intended to determine anaesthesia capacity to inform planning at the district level or higher. Facility level data will not be made publicly available, however, official requests (e.g. from governments or planning authorities) for facility-level data can be made in the near future.