Research Grant - American Society of Anesthesiologists

Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic groups Award $135,000 grant to Alexander McLawhorn, M.D., and Meghan Kirksey, M.D., Ph.D, of the Hospital for Special Surgery for patient safety study

New study will examine the impact of consistent surgical team composition on patient outcomes following total joint arthroplasty.

September 6, 2017 – Rosemont, IL - A research grant of $135,000 has been awarded to Alexander McLawhorn, M.D., and Meghan Kirksey, M.D., Ph.D., both of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The co-investigators received the OREF Perioperative Surgical and Medical Home Patient Safety Research Grant, which provides funding for clinical research to advance breakthroughs in orthopaedic patient safety. The study, Effect of Operative Team Consistency on Patient Safety and Efficiency, will examine the impact of consistent surgical team staffing on patient outcomes following total joint arthroplasty.

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) President David G. Lewallen, M.D., noted that this grant reinforces OREF’s collaborative research agenda, bringing together multiple disciplines that impact the care of orthopaedic patients. “We are excited to partner with prestigious organizations including American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Cigna Foundation to broaden the perspective of orthopaedic research and encourage a more holistic approach to understanding how to ensure the best outcomes for our orthopaedic patients.”

Funding for the grant was provided by OREF, ASA, FAER, the APSF, AAOS, the Cigna Foundation and individual donors.

Mark A. Warner, M.D., APSF president believes that multidisciplinary collaborative grants such as this are vital for comprehensive improvements in the future. “This grant advances perioperative patient safety for all of us and accelerates the career development of our investigators.”

About the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization committed to improving lives by supporting excellence in orthopaedic research.  OREF is dedicated to being the leader in supporting research that improves function, eliminates pain and restores mobility, and is the premier orthopaedic organization funding research across all specialties. A list of research and funding priorities is available at oref.org/grants or by following @oreftoday on Twitter.

About the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

About the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research
The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  For over 30 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology. Charitable contributions and support to FAER help fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. Funding priorities include: Research, Education, and Training. For more information, visit www.faer.org.

About the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

Founded in 1985, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) promotes research of perioperative patient safety issues, supports the development of careers in patient safety, provides patient safety educational materials and communications to all anesthesia providers, and advocates for changes in clinical practices that improve patient safety.  The APSF’s goal is for no patient to be harmed by anesthesia.    

About the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues.

About the Cigna Foundation
The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.
 
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