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World Anaesthesia Day 16th October 2021

Every year on the 16th of October, WFSA helps anaesthesia providers all over the world celebrate their profession and have a good time while doing it by supporting Anaesthesia Providers.

World Anaesthesia Day honours the date of anaesthesia’s invention, which was October 16th, 1846, in the U. S. It was the first time when the doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital used ether on a patient. As a result, they revolutionised surgery by demonstrating that patients can undergo surgery without experiencing the intense pain that had previously been associated with it.

Diethyl ether anaesthesia, demonstrated in 1846, was the first step towards anaesthesia, which is a controlled, temporary loss of sensation or awareness induced for medical purposes. Nearly 5 billion people still do not have access to safe anaesthesia practises after almost 170 years have been passed since the first anaesthesia procedure and countless breakthroughs that have followed it.

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) commemorates World Anaesthesia Day every year, with nearly 150 countries taking part in the celebrations.

What is Anaesthesia?

Anaesthesia is a medical procedure that makes use of anaesthetic drugs. During medical procedures, these medications reduce or eliminate your perception of pain. Physicians trained in anaesthesia and pain management are known as anaesthesiologists. A small area of the body is numb due to local anaesthesia. You are rendered unconscious (asleep) under general anaesthesia during invasive surgical procedures.

As far as anaesthesia goes, there are four main types: General, Regional (also called “monitored”), Sedation (also known as “sedation anaesthesia care”), and Local (also known as “local”). Patients may be given the option of selecting the type of anaesthesia they receive.

Theme of World Anaesthesia Day

According to the ANCAZA website this year the theme of World Anaesthesia Day 2021 is- Anaesthesia and having baby- aims to help the community to understand how anaesthetists keep pregnant women and their babies safe during and after birth.

World Anaesthesia Day can be a powerful advocacy tool to mobilise political will, educate the general public, and reinforce the accomplishments of the global anaesthesia community in light of this on-going neglect.

Aim of World Anaesthesia Day

World Anaesthesia Day is an important observance because it commemorates a discovery that aimed to help patients get the benefits of surgical treatment without having to endure any pain during the procedure.