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Patient Safety: A Global Perspective
In this issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, Warner et al pull the lens back to an entirely aerial perspective of patient safety. Though the domain of patient safety is salient to the practice of anesthesia, a broader perspective of the range of resources, areas of focus, and practice limitations around the world is often not appreciated in day to day practice. In this special article, thirteen countries were selected to represent a wide stratification of economies and resources. Each country is categorized according to the World Bank classification of economy. The article also details the countries’ population as of 2020 and the anesthesiologist provider ratio per 100,000 patients as of 2016. It is with this contextual backdrop that experts with intimate knowledge of the practice of anesthesia in these countries offer their discourse. They describe current challenges the field faces as well as prospective measures and goals for the advancement of patient safety.
As might be expected, high income countries have designs on further incorporating advanced technology into perioperative care and preoperative optimization of health status whereas low income countries struggle with severe equipment/drug shortages and low provider numbers. Despite this stark variance the article characterizes ten themes of patient safety common to all the countries as seen in this infographic. Five of the thirteen countries are visually summarized to give the reader a brief glimpse into the attendant considerations of patient safety in these parts of the world. The reader is strongly encouraged to review the cited article for an in-depth appreciation of the concepts discussed.
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1. Warner M. Anesthesia patient safety: next steps to improve worldwide perioperative safety by 2030. Anesth Analg. 2022;135:6–19.