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This Issue's Top Story

Report drug shortages to the AQI
Is your hospital or surgery center suffering from drug shortages? Report any actual adverse events and "near misses" related to drug shortages or other anesthesia/pain management events to the Anesthesia Quality Institute's (AQI's) Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (AIRS). AIRS data are abstracted by a committee of physicians who help publish interesting cases that appear each month in the ASA NEWSLETTER. The AIRS Committee also periodically examines the entirety of AIRS for emerging trends in anesthesia patient safety.


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Join the PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013 conversation
Be sure to follow Twitter hashtag #PM2013 during PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013, January 25-27, 2013 in Las Vegas. @ASALifeline will be tweeting throughout the meeting with important news and information.

ASA President-Elect Jane C.K. Fitch makes national radio airwaves
On January 12, ASA President-Elect Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. participated in a "New Reflections" segment on Voice America. Dr. Fitch discussed the evolution of anesthesia and patient safety. She also explained how the education and training of anesthesiologists, along with improved drugs and technology, have dramatically reduced complications from anesthesia. Listen to the radio segment.


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February 23-24, 2013; June 22-23, 2013; September 21-22, 2013; November 9-10, 2013
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Gain essential business skills to successfully manage and operate your health care organization or medical practice with the ASA Certificate in Business Administration Program. Earn up to 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Register now.

Sharpen your skills with Patient Safety Highlights
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Fulfill Part IV MOCA® with ASA's Simulation Education Network
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FAER grant applications sought - Apply by February 15!
The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is now accepting applications for its 2013 grant cycle. The deadline for grant applications is February 15.  Visit the FAER website for eligibility requirements and application information, and to apply.


This Issues Special Feature

This Month in Anesthesia History

The history of anesthesia can be found in clinical, research and cultural contexts. The lives of several individuals born in January intersect with those aspects of the specialty's history. Other events in the month have also been important to that history.

ASAP138January 21, 1813: James Marion Sims, a surgeon famous for his vesicovaginal operation developed while practicing in Montgomery, Alabama, was born in South Carolina. After Morton's October 1846 public demonstration of ether anesthesia in Boston, Sims urged Georgia physician Crawford Long to publish an account of operations using ether that Long had performed in 1842. Long's account finally appeared in the December 1849 issue of the Southern Medical and Surgical Journal. Sims received his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1835. For some years he practiced in Montgomery, but in 1853 moved to New York where two years later he opened the world's first hospital for women. He served a term as president of the American Medical Association and died on November 13, 1883. Learn more about Sims.

View a more complete list of notable historical figures born in January.

In the January 9, 2013 issue of ASAP , it was mistakenly noted that Horace Wells was born "98 years ago this month." Several readers pointed out that the correct number is 198.  Thanks go to these keen-eyed members, and the ASAP staff regrets the mistake.


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