SAFE-T summit 2018


Friday 13 April 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Anaesthesia Section , World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists


6 CPD Points

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about this event

what is the SAFE-T Summit?

The first ever SAFE-T (Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody - Today) Summit aims to advance the global patient safety agenda. Bringing together leading providers from the perioperative team we will highlight the importance of working together to address the healthcare challenges identified by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

In partnership with related industry, governments and NGOs, this one day Summit will contribute to safer anaesthesia, surgical and obstetric care around the world.  

World-renowned experts will open sessions with theme-setting presentations. Facilitated group discussions will develop recommendations and identify practical ways forward. 


  • Update the situation of surgical and anaesthesia safety and capacity
  • Refine and define core metrics for measuring global surgical and anaesthesia safety and capacity
  • Showcase partnership approaches with governments, NGOs, industry, and philanthropy organisations

Learning and recommendations from the summit will be published and disseminated internationally as part of the WFSA's SAFE-T campaign.

key speakers include:

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Tore Laerdal, Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation, Chairman of Laerdal Medical, and Managing Director of Laerdal Global Health.

Tore Laerdal is a world leader in developing programs that save infants' lives. Laerdal helped the American Academy of Paediatrician to develop Helping Babies Breathe, a training program for birth attendants in low-resource countries that focuses on The Golden Minute - the first moments after birth. He is the 2016 winner of the Oslo Business for Peace Prize.


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Dr Atul Gawande, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School and General and Endocrine Surgeon, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher, practicing general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Gawande is also the chairman of Lifebox, a non-profit organisation making surgery safer globally.


  • Dr David Whitaker, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK
  • Dr John Meara, Professor of Surgery and Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery, Harvard Medical School

we are grateful to Diamedica and Masimo for supporting this meeting

We would also like to thank our exhibitors:

Aguettant Ltd
Fresenius Kabi
Inovus Medical
Intersurgical Ltd
Lifebox Foundation
Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide


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8.15 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

Welcome and introduction

Dr Gonzalo Barreiro, President, World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists and Dr Andrew Hartle, President, Anaesthesia Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Plenary session

Professor Berend Mets, Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Pennsylvania State University and Professor Alan Merry, Head of the School of Medicine, University of Auckland

9.10 am

Keynote: The global challenge for patient safety

Mr Tore Laerdal, Executive Director, Laerdal Foundation and Chairman, Laerdal Medical and Laerdal Global Health

Towards a global indicator set for surgical and anaesthesia capacity

Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, Anaesthesiologist, Baerum Hospital Oslo, Norway and Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe, Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anaesthesiology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

9.45 am

The Lancet Commission: Highlights and progress

Mr Andy Leather, Director, King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships, King’s College London

10.00 am

Why data matters

Dr Justine Davies, Professor of Global Health, King’s College London

10.15 am

Global surgery indicators and national surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia planning (NSOAP)

Dr John Meara, Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief, Boston Children’s Hospital

10.30 am

Tea and coffee

11.00 am

Surgical capacity indicators: Where are we in 2018?

Dr Tom Weiser, Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh

11.15 am

Anaesthesia capacity indicators

Professor Adrian Gelb, Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco

11.30 am

Panel discussion

12.00 pm


12.30 pm

Optional seminar sponsored by Diamedica

Robert neighbour: Top tips for appropriate anaesthesia equipment in LMICs

Towards a global indicator set for surgical and anaesthesia safety

Professor Adrian Gelb and Dr Carolina Haylock-Loor, Anaesthesiologist, Cuidados Intensivos Hospital del Valle, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

1.00 pm

A surgeon’s public health perspective

Dr Atul Gawande, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School and General and Endocrine Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

1.15 pm

An anaesthesia and leadership perspective

Professor Alan Merry, Head, School of Medicine, University of Auckland

1.30 pm

An obstetrics perspective

Professor Lesley Regan, President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

1.45 pm

Panel discussion

Anaesthesia equipment for LMICs – why we need double standards

Dr Fauzia Khan, Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, Pakistan

2.10 pm

Happy birth days film screening

2.15 pm

Establishing anaesthesia equipment performance standards

Dr Philippe Mavoungou, Anaesthesiologist, Institut de Cancérologie de l'Ouest (ICO) René Gauducheau

2.30 pm

Patient safety and medicines

Dr David Whitaker, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Manchester Royal Infirmary, United Kingdom

2.45 pm

Question and answer session

3.00 pm

Tea and coffee

Transforming surgical and anaesthesia capacity and safety – the path to success

Dr Wayne Morriss, Specialist Anaesthetist, Christchurch Hospital and Dr Gonzalo Barreiro

3.30 pm

The government perspective: Zambia

Dr Emmanuel Makasa, Counsellor, Health at Permanent Mission, Republic of Zambia to the United Nations

3.45 pm

The non-governmental perspective: SAFE Operating Theatre

Mona Guckian Fisher, Immediate Past President,The Association for Perioperative Practice

4.00 pm

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (ASPF) perspective

Dr Mark Warner, President, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and Annenberg Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Mayo Clinic

4.15 pm

The European Society of Anaesthesiologist’s (ESA) perspective

Dr Stefan De Hert, President Elect, European Society of Anaesthesiology

4.30 pm

The World Health Organisation (WHO) perspective

Dr Walter Johnson, Lead, Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Programme, World Health Organisation

4.45 pm

Panel discussion

5.15 pm

Discussion and closing remarks

Professor Berend Mets, Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Penn State College of Medicine, USA and Professor Alan Merry, Head of the School of Medicine, University of Auckland

6.00 pm

Drinks reception

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