Improving patient safety during anesthesia and surgery is a major public health issue, with safety standards varying from country to country. Anesthesia safety is often hampered by complex problems in low income countries. This survey assesses the unmet anesthesia needs in Ethiopia.
The author concludes that anesthesia safety in Ethiopia appears challenged by substandard continuous medical education and continuous professional development practice, and limited availability of some essential equipment and medications. The study states that while patient monitoring and anesthesia conduct are relatively good, World Health Organization surgical safety checklist application and postoperative pain management are very low, affecting the delivery of safe anesthesia conduct.