The following article is a summary of the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists’ (WFSA’s) “Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia” that was approved…
2019 President’s Report: Taking Action – APSF’s Renewed Commitment to Implementation of Changes That Can Improve Perioperative Patient SafetyMark A. Warner, MD, APSF President
Improving patient safety seems so simple since we all share, to various degrees, the desire to help our patients—to guide, escort, and usher them through the perils that come with…
Pro/Con Debate: Color-Coded Medication Labels – PRO: Color-Coded Medication Labels Improve Patient SafetyLuke S. Janik, MD; Jeffery S. Vender, MD, FCCM
Related Article: CON: Anesthesia Drugs Should NOT Be Color-Coded PRO: Color-Coded Medication Labels Improve Patient Safety In 2015, the American Society of Anesthesiologists released a statement supporting the practice of…
Related Article: PRO: Color-Coded Medication Labels Improve Patient Safety CON: Anesthesia Drugs Should NOT Be Color-Coded Color-coding is the systematic, standard application of color to aid in classification and identification….
APSF sponsored the fourth annual Trainee Quality Improvement (TQI) Program. For 2018, the APSF Committee on Education and Training expanded the program to three groups of anesthesia professionals. These groups…
APSF support of patient safety research has been long guided by the Foundation’s Vision Statement that “no patient shall be harmed by anesthesia” and the Mission Statement that includes the…
2018 APSF/ASA Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., MD, Patient Safety Memorial Lecture: Anesthesia Patient Safety: Sharpening the Vision to Do No HarmSteven Greenberg, MD, FCCP, FCCM
The EC Pierce, Jr., MD, Patient Safety Memorial Lecture honors the founding president of the APSF, Dr. Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., for his countless contributions to anesthesia patient safety and…
One physician dies by suicide each day in the United States, equating to roughly two graduating classes of medical students lost per year.1 Male physicians take their lives at a…
Related Article: Brain Safety: The Next Frontier for Our Specialty? What can be done to protect my perioperative brain health? Sara Lenz Lock, JD, Senior vice president for Policy at…
Drug shortages have become an ongoing serious public health and safety concern. The severity of annual drug shortages reached a critical level in 2011 and subsequently have slightly declined from…
As a global health care company with a significant focus on sterile injectable medicines, Fresenius Kabi understands the responsibility of producing high-quality products in a reliable manner. The sterile injectable…
As the second largest supplier of intravenous (IV) solutions to the US market and the only IV solutions producer not to experience significant production challenges over the past year, we…
Dear Q&A, I wanted to propose a couple of questions/concerns with regards to disposable laryngoscope blades: Have you had any complaints from others about disposable blades? Our experience is that…
To understand reusable and disposable laryngoscope safety, it is helpful to review both Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection risk classification1 as well as device procurement criteria: safety,…
Drug Diversion in the Anesthesia Profession: How Can the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Help Everyone Be Safe?Maria van Pelt, PhD, CRNA; Tricia Meyer, MS, PharmD; Rigo Garcia, MSN, MBA, CRNA; Brian J. Thomas, JD; Ronald S. Litman, DO, ML
Reprinted with permission from the International Anesthesia Research Society. Meeting Report. DOI: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000003878. Anesthesia & Analgesia: October 30, 2018—Volume Published Ahead of Print. Copyright © 2018 International Anesthesia Research Society….
The APSF Board of Trustees recently approved the establishment of the APSF Grant Alumni Academy (AGAA). The vision of the AAGA is an organized, active community of prior and current…
Simulation Is a Critical Tool for Advancing Patient Safety—Available to Everyone Regardless of Location or ResourcesDavid M. Gaba, MD
Patient safety comes from using all available mechanisms to avoid harming patients while trying to cure or help them within the health care system. Simulation—defined as a “technique and not…
The Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., MD, Award for Best Abstract in Patient Safety: Using Audit and Feedback to Reduce Avoidable Transfusions in Cardiovascular and Thoracic SurgeryAishwarya Vishwanath, BS; Philip E. Greilich, MD, MSc
Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are known to be overused nationwide, with cardiac surgery specifically noted to use 10–15% of the United States blood supply.1,2 Transfusions given in the perioperative…
Introduction Obstetric health care professionals and facilities that provide maternity care offer services to a population that has many unique features warranting additional consideration.1 Compared with other patient cohorts, pregnant…
Although it has been nearly twenty years since the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark publication “To Err is Human,” medical errors continue to be a leading cause of…
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Anesthesia and Nosocomial Infections
Have you ever wondered about the role that anesthesia care plays in the spread or prevention of nosocomial infections? On December 11, 2018, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) issued guidelines on the prevention of infection in the operating room anesthesia work space. The guidelines were authored by representatives from SHEA, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). Given the lack of empiric evidence on this topic, the guidelines were developed using evidence synthesis, and surveys of the membership of ASA, AANA, the American Association of Anesthesia Assistants (AAAA), and the SHEA research network. The guidelines also considered practical considerations, expert opinion, and theoretical rationales. The guidelines, which give recommendations about hand hygiene, environmental disinfection, and continuous improvement, are available from the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.1
- Munoz-Price LS, Bowdle A, Johnston BL et al. Infection prevention in the operating room anesthesia work area. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018;11:1-17.
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The Official Journal of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Newsletter is the official publication of the nonprofit Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and is published three times per year in Wilmington, Delaware. Individual and corporations may subscribe for $100. If multiple copies of the APSF Newsletter are needed, please contact: [email protected]. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible. Copyright, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, 2019.
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APSF Executive Committee 2019:
Mark A. Warner, MD, President, Rochester, MN; Daniel J. Cole, MD, APSF Vice President, Los Angeles, CA; Matthew B. Weinger, MD, Secretary, Nashville, TN; Douglas A. Bartlett, APSF Treasurer, Boulder, CO; Maria van Pelt, CRNA, PhD, Director At-Large, Boston, MA.
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Steven B. Greenberg, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Chicago, IL; Edward A. Bittner, MD, PhD, Associate Editor, Boston, MA; Jennifer M. Banayan, MD, Associate Editor, Chicago, IL; Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, Assistant Editor, Philadelphia, PA; Trygve Armour, MD, Rochester, MN; JW Beard, MD, Wilmette, IL; Joan M. Christie, MD, St. Petersberg, FL; Heather Colombano, MD, Winston-Salem, NC; Jan Ehrenwerth, MD, New Haven, CT; John H. Eichhorn, MD, San Jose, CA; Nikolaus Gravenstein, MD, Gainesville, FL; Joshua Lea, CRNA, Boston, MA; Bommy Hong Mershon, MD, Baltimore, MD; Tricia A. Meyer, PharmD, Temple, TX; Glenn S. Murphy, MD, Chicago, IL; Brian Thomas, JD, Kansas City, MO; Jeffrey S. Vender, MD, Winnetka, IL; Wilson Somerville, PhD, Editorial Assistant, Winston-Salem, NC. Please see the links of international editors at https://dev2.apsf.org/wp-content/uploads/newsletter/APSF-International-Editors.pdf
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