World Anaesthesia Day is celebrated on October 16 each year. It commemorates the first successful demonstration of diethyl ether anesthesia by William TG Morton on October 16, 1846.
Morton's discovery of ether anesthesia revolutionized medicine, enabling painless surgery and improving the quality of medical procedures for millions of people worldwide.
Anesthesiologists are highly trained physicians specializing in administering anesthesia and caring for patients undergoing surgery.
The day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the significance of anesthesia and to appreciate the contributions of anesthesiologists to patient care.
In 2023, the theme for World Anaesthesia Day is "Anaesthesia and Cancer Care," highlighting the essential role of anesthesia in cancer management.
The WFSA is hosting webinars, providing fact sheets, and sharing resources to raise awareness and knowledge about cancer care.
On October 16, 1846, Dr. William T. G. Morton used ether anesthesia during surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, marking the start of anesthesia's use in surgery.
Dr. Morton is recognized as a pioneer in modern anesthesia for demonstrating the effectiveness of ether anesthesia in surgery.
The day symbolizes medical progress, especially in using anesthesia to ensure patient comfort during medical procedures.
World Anaesthesia Day is an occasion to honor and thank anesthesiologists, anaesthetic nurses, and healthcare workers for their dedication in providing safe and effective anesthesia, ultimately enhancing medical treatments and surgeries.