The Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists

Founded in 1948, WSSA was formed to advance the science and art of anesthesiology, and to stimulate interest and promote progress in that specialty. It is a Washington State non-profit corporation and is a component society of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. If you'd like to join WSSA, learn more about becoming a member through ASA.


 The American Society of Anesthesiologists has released a statement regarding the use of ketamine for non-medical purposes.

Read ASA's Statement

 The Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists supports the following statement from the Washington State Medical Association on the death of George Floyd. 

View WSMA Statement

 Made for this Moment Campaign

The Made for This Moment campaign was developed to promote our specialty to policymakers and health care executives. This webpage provides an overview of our role leading the Anesthesia Care Team, protecting patients during surgery, and our work on the front lines during COVID-19. Navigate to the member-facing campaign page for a new research report, talking points to use when meeting with health care executives, sample campaign collateral, and an outline of the campaign's goals and tactics. 

Visit the Campaign Website
Share the Campaign Video
Post on Social Media Using #MadeForThisMoment

Faces Behind the PPE

Recently, ASA First Vice President Beverly Philip alerted me to an initiative called “Faces Behind Masks,” which provides medical staff with stickers of your face that can be worn on your protective gear. Just that little amount of personalization can make a big difference to scared patients (and colleagues) who naturally feel disconnected from providers sometimes hidden behind PPE. They’ve printed almost 3 million stickers so far – all for free. The Faces Behind Masks website is very well done and makes it easy for you to get your own stickers, or to help their cause, if you wish.


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