World Anesthesia Day 2023: Date, Significance, History, Theme & Celebration

Every year the World Anesthesia Day is celebrated all around the world on October 16th. The day commemorates the anniversary of first successful use of anesthesia during an operation in 1846. the day also honors the anesthesia providers or anesthesiologist all over the globe for helping patients get surgically treated without feeling any pain.

The World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists in support with the United Nations observe this day every year with great fun and enthusiasm.

World Anesthesia Day 2023 Date

Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for World Anesthesia Day for the next 5 years.

World Anesthesia Day 2023October 16, 2023Monday
World Anesthesia Day 2024October 16, 2024Wednesday
World Anesthesia Day 2025October 16, 2025Thursday
World Anesthesia Day 2026October 16, 2026Friday
World Anesthesia Day 2027October 16, 2027Saturday

World Anesthesia Day 2023 Overview

EventWorld Anesthesia Day
DateOctober 16, 2023
Declared byWorld Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists
Observed byAll UN Member states
Purpose of celebrationTo commemorate the anniversary of first successful use of anesthesia and to honor the anesthesia providers around the world.

Significance of World Anesthesia Day 2023

World anesthesia Day commemorates the first successful demonstration of anesthesia on 16th October 1846 when doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital used ether for the first time on a dental patient. The face of surgical operations changed completely with the invention of anesthesia, making it possible for the patients to undergo surgery without suffering the torture of pain, which was the case earlier. But even after more than a century of its invention, a large number of people in the world do not have access to the safe anesthesia practices.

In the view of this neglect, World anesthesia Day is being observed to serve as a platform and a powerful advocacy tool to mobilize and enforce achievements of the global anesthesia community. Apart from this, the day will also honor the anesthesia provides all around the world. Also check Important Days in October

History of World Anesthesia Day

The first World Anesthesia Day celebration was held on 16 October 1903 to mark the anniversary of successful application of anesthesia on October 16, 1846. On this day, an American dentist and physician, William Thomas Green Morton, used diethyl ether anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

The anesthesia was used on a patient who has to undergo removal of a jaw tumor and he went through the surgery without any consciousness or pain. The day marked an important chapter in the history of surgeries and began to be observed globally as World Anesthesia Day.

World Anesthesia Day 2023 Theme & Celebration

Celebration of World Anesthesia Day was declared by World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) that meant this day as an honor to all the anesthesia providers in the world. Every year the WFSA focus on a different aspect of anesthesia care and special events are held around the globe revolving around the given aspect.

Annually, over 134 societies representing anesthesiologists from over 150 countries take part in the celebration of World anesthesia Day. Individuals can also take part in the celebrations and the best way to do is learn more about anesthesia, how it works, any challenges faced by anesthesia providers, etc.

World Anesthesia Day 2023 theme: “Anaesthesia and Cancer Care”

World Anesthesia Day 2023 Wishes

Let us celebrate this World Anesthesia Day with these special wishes to all the anesthesiologists out there:

  1. “Here’s to appreciating the work of Anesthesiologists. Happy World Anesthesia Day!”
  2. “This 18th October, let us acknowledge the greatness of anaesthesia. Happy World Anesthesia Day!”
  3. “This day reminds us to appreciate the toil of the doctors who had successfully demonstrated ether amnesia. Happy World Anesthesia Day!”
  4. “All a patient does during an operation is sleep and this is because of the use of Anesthesia. Happy World Anesthesia Day!”
  5. “Surgeries have become so much easier thanks to the practice of administering anesthesia. Happy World Anesthesia Day!”


When do we celebrate World Anesthesia Day 2023?

October 16, 2023

Is there any theme for celebrating World Anesthesia Day?

It is “Anaesthesia and Cancer Care”.

Who created anesthesia and when?

William T.G. Morton (1819-1868), a young dentist from Boston is attributed with the creation of anesthesia in 1846.

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