Date: 21 Sep 2010

International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia 2010

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These standards

For the genesis and evolution of these standards, please see the accompanying article: Merry AF, Cooper JB, Soyannwo O, Wilson IH, Eichhorn, JH. An iterative process of global quality improvement: the International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia 2010. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 2010;57(11).

are recommended for anesthesia professionals throughout the world. They are intended to provide guidance and assistance to anesthesia professionals, their professional societies, hospital and facility administrators, and governments for improving and maintaining the quality and safety of anesthesia care. They were adopted by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists on the 13th June 1992, and revisions were ratified on 5th March 2008 and on 19th March 2010.

For some anesthesia services, groups, and departments these standards will represent a future goal, while for others they may already have been implemented and be regarded as mandatory. It is recognize ...

This article is reproduced with permission from the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and appeared previously on the WFSA website (http://www.anaesthesiologists.org/).
A.F. Merry, J.B. Cooper, O. Soyannwo, I.H. Wilson, J.H. Eichhorn, these authors are in the Safe Anesthesia Working Group of the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives Global Challenge
A.F. Merry is Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee and I.H. Wilson is Chair of the Publications Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.