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Monitoring Standards

Anaesthesia is a vital component of basic health care and merits an appropriate share of available resources. Monitoring is essential in anaesthetic practice to safeguard quality and to prevent untoward incidents.

Developed nations have their own specific standards of monitoring The Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA), taking guidelines from the WFSA and subsequent to wider deliberations in different forums, promulgate monitoring standards for anaesthesia with immediate effect. These standards are applicable for Anaesthetic service in any part of the Indian Union in any sector.

The ISA authorise these standards as National Monitoring Standards.

Standards are readout as :

  • Pre-requisites
  • Basic Standards
  • Desirable Standards


Are essential for improvement of the functional quality of service and are needed to function.

Basic Standards

Are vital standards which are needed at any place for any pre-planned anaesthetic service.

Desirable standards

Vary depending on the type of surgical work and the hospital. The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), recommended ‘Monitoring Standards’ published as ‘International Standards’ which were followed as Indian Monitoring Standards, will cease to be operative with this publication. These standards will undergo further revision as and when practice and technology advance.

Monitoring Standards

  • The Institutions which do not have these facilities should be persuaded to acquire the same at the earliest