16 October 2021

World Anesthesia Day - 16 October.

Every year on October 16, World Anesthesia Day celebrates the discovery of anesthesia. This important discovery makes it possible to undergo surgical procedures without feeling any pain.

If you have ever had surgery, you probably can’t imagine going through it without anesthesia. This important medical invention changed hospitals forever. In fact, anesthesia is considered one of the seven most important medical discoveries in history. A dentist named William T.G. Morton is considered the founder of modern anesthesia. Today, 230 million major surgical procedures are performed under anesthesia each year.

A dentist named William T.G. Morton performed the first successful use of an anesthetic while performing surgery on October 16, 1846 in the surgical amphitheater of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) began hosting events on October 16 in 1903, to commemorate the event. Throughout the years, countries around the world have joined in to celebrate World Anesthesia Day. Some countries call it National Anesthesia Day or Ether Day.

Source: https://healthmanagement.org.

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