|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
From the desk of the New President
S Bala Bhaskar
President, ISA National, 2018-19
|Date of Web Publication||10-Jan-2019|
Prof. S Bala Bhaskar
President, ISA National
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Bhaskar S B. From the desk of the New President. Indian J Anaesth 2019;63:1-2
Wishes to all members for the New Year 2019!
It is an honour to have taken charge as the President of our great Society, the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA) for the year 2018–2019. It is to the credit of the past office bearers of ISA that we have grown from a small group of dedicated members who founded the body in 1947, to a strength of over 26,000 now. 'What you understand from the past will decide how you will work in the future.' Bending and looking back will straighten the path to the future endeavours. From my experience in the Governing Council (GC) as the Editor-In-Chief of Indian Journal of Anaesthesia (IJA) and as President Elect, I have been witness and participant in major developments in ISA. This stint also allowed me to chalk out additional plans for the betterment of the Society. The immediate Past President, Dr Kuchela Babu, had continued in the path of growth and initiated important agenda for the ISA, which will bear fruit in the long run.
The private practitioners form the bulk of the service providers of anaesthesia services across all levels of healthcare in India. They are constrained by numerous impediments for a satisfactory and respectable practice, such as lack of facilities in terms of anaesthesia machines and monitors, limited scope for preoperative interaction and preparation of the patients, inadequate monetary remuneration for the services offered and medico-legal issues. The ISA has always been the forum for addressing these issues at the national level, and I am glad to note and inform that the Private Practitioners Forum has been able to achieve significant success in addressing these issues in the last few years, with inputs from different geographical areas and active support from the ISA. The current GC intends to continue the necessary support as required to achieve the long-term 'work satisfaction' during private practice.
The practice of anaesthesia in India is challenged by lack of set guidelines on important aspects of perioperative care. While we read and try to implement many practice guidelines originating from other countries, we face questions on their utility and legal acceptability, as India and South Asia have different cultural and socio-economic considerations. In this regard, ISA has embarked on creation of guidelines on 'perioperative fasting and feeding, preoperative investigations, anticoagulants and regional anaesthesia and day care anaesthesia and update of the minimum mandatory monitoring'. This will add to the highly popular guidelines on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Private Practice, launched last year and the previous guidelines on Minimum Mandatory Monitoring.
One of the noble works that the ISA has undertaken for its fraternity is the ISA Family Benevolent Fund (FBF), which has grown in appeal and in membership numbers in the last few years. Families of our deceased members have been provided sizable amounts from the scheme, so as to support them in their hour of crisis. As a further initiative, the ISA GC is deliberating on implementation of a programme wherein the ISA will share a part of the membership fee from new members added as its contribution for their enrolment as FBF members.
The ISA has also now made improved communications with the members a priority. The ISA has a designated App for different platforms online, called 'ISA Official'. I request the members to download the same in their devices and also give their feedback for improvements. Push notifications from ISA office will help in better dissemination of information from the office. The ISA may add additional features as and when needed for the betterment of administration and members' participation in its activities. The App can be extended with link to the IJA website.
India is the founder member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), which came into being on the last day of the first World Congress of Anaesthesiologists, held in the Netherlands in 1955. The ISA has actively supported the WFSA in its various programmes related to the development of anaesthesia services in underserved areas and also in relation to the safety policies. The World Health Organization and WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia have been actively promoted by ISA among its members.
The ISA has been supporting academic activities in the form of ISA-sponsored CMEs and ISA PG Assemblies across the six zones in India. The ISA–IJA Research Methodology Workshop and the Difficult Airway Workshop are also supported by ISA. Those branches and states, which have not availed the ISA support, are encouraged to apply for the same, making sure that they satisfy the criteria for the application. The additional activity is the CPR programme being conducted from the Indian Resuscitation Council, which has become a benchmark for resuscitation activities in India. The ISA has extended the scheme of providing an additional (Laerdal®) CPR manikin to its branches if the branches order one number for purchase through ISA.
Series of web streams of the academic presentations are planned for the year 2019. Members will be intimated about the dates and timings with link address in advance, and members are requested to take advantage of the same.
The IJA under Dr Divatia JV as the Editor-In-Chief has grown in stature with further improvements in quality of submissions and number of submissions (nearly 900 for the year 2018). The ISA, as part of the Go-Green Initiative encourages members to access the journal online, and if indeed felt necessary, they can opt for the print version, which is provided on request.
The ISA will be uploading material related to anaesthesia practice and the layperson, on the website, so that the misconceptions about anaesthesia and the anaesthesiologist are removed from among the lay public and patients. Patient information sheets in general and for specific conditions, and 'From the expert' are some of the additional updates planned in the ISA website.
Let us all work together for the betterment of ISA. Any member can provide feedback and suggestions to the ISA with new ideas and send the same to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long Live ISA!