Patient Safety is the legacy of our profession and of ASA. There are countless examples of the positive impact of a culture of patient safety, especially in relationship to anesthesia and surgical outcomes. This legacy and its impact have yet to reach many patients worldwide. In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), preparations are under way to develop or expand surgical capacity. Yet in these same countries, there has been little focus on developing a culture of patient safety. There have also been few commitments from governments and health care systems to invest in promulgating a culture of safety, a system of provider accountability, or basic safety monitoring and inexpensive life-saving medications. Therefore, global patient safety must be the next global agenda, and ASA and its many patient safety experts are poised to lead this effort.

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