Safety and Feasibility of a Ketamine Package to Support Emergency and Essential Surgery in Kenya When No Anesthetist is Available: Reply
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Litswa and four members of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) comment on our manuscript, “Safety and Feasibility of a Ketamine Package to Support Emergency and Essential Surgery in Kenya when No Anesthetist is Available: An Analysis of 1216 Consecutive Operative Procedures” .
Like our colleagues from the WFSA, we fully support national workforce planning and training of anesthetists in low- and middle-income countries. We urge expansion of accredited anesthetist training programs around the world. Everyone should have access to safe and timely emergency and essential surgical care when needed, which includes trained and qualified anesthetists. But, it is important to recognize that anesthetists are often unavailable in low-resource settings, the consequences of which are unnecessary death and disability . Clearly, it will be at least decades before there are sufficient anesthetists in many low-resource countries.
According to the WFSA Global...
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