Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE)
Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) is a joint project developed in 2011 by the Association and the WFSA (World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists). The training initiative aims to bring practitioners of obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia (who throughout the world may be physician anaesthesiologists but are largely non-physicians) to a level of practice whereby they can deliver vigilant, competent, and safe anaesthesia.
The underlying principle is to equip anaesthetists with the essential knowledge and skills so they can deliver safe care to their patients, even in very low resource settings, and to train as many anaesthesia providers as possible in each country in order to create a sustainable training model which can be embedded in the national health system.
Since the first SAFE course in Uganda in 2011, over 100 SAFE courses have now been delivered in 33 countries training over 3500 clinicians, mostly anaesthesia providers but also midwives, obstetricians and other physicians. Over 500 anaesthesia providers have been trained as SAFE trainers.
The SAFE approach combines UK anaesthetists with local instructors, who are provided with a train the trainers course to become the in-country faculty of the future.
SAFE courses are also run by Mercy Ships, CASIEF, national societies and by various other international teams of Doctors.
We are proud that SAFE courses have been run around the world, from Colombia to Samoa and throughout the African continent. Read more about where SAFE courses have been run on our SAFE Courses & Reports page.
If you are trained and are keen to run a SAFE course and would like further information on available resources and support, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome applications for grant funding to run SAFE. See our volunteering & funding section for details.
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 was written by paediatric anaesthetists with relevant experience, and 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. Each course participant receives a detailed course manual, handbook 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. To find out about the next course, see our events page or contact our events team.