David Whitaker

Dr Whitaker was a Consultant at Manchester Royal Infirmary and a Past President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). He is also a past Chairman of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA), a past elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, an Honorary Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland and an Honorary Member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology.
He currently chairs the European Board of Anaesthesiology Patient Safety Committee and in 2010 he was co-author of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology now signed by over 200 anaesthesia related organisations worldwide. He is also a member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) Patient Safety and Quality Committee and a past member of the Quality and Safety Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA).
Dr Whitaker is particularly interested in implementing safer practices into Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine and is currently promoting better Patient Blood Management, the increased use of pre-filled syringes and more widespread patient monitoring outside the operating theatre, particularly continuous capnography in Intensive Care, Sedation and Resuscitation. He is also working on the joint EBA/ESA/ERC initiative to standardise the Cardiac Arrest Call telephone number in European Hospitals to 2222.