World Anaesthesia Day is marked on October 16 every year. The day mark the very first demonstration of ether anaesthesia. On this day in the year 1846, the first successful demonstration took place in the Massachusetts General Hospital, home of the Harvard School of Medicine.
The discovery made it possible for patients to obtain the benefits of surgical treatment without the pain associated with an operation. October 16 is now globally recognised as World Anaesthesia Day in respect of the importance of this event.
This day is marked by The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) which represents over 134 societies of anaesthesiologists. Over 150 countries take part in this. They promote and focus on the availability, safety and quality of anaesthesiology.
The day also addresses anaesthesiology and surgery as an essential element of global health and to take up the crises of unsafe surgery and access to surgical care.