Distractions Page - American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

ASA Policies:

Statement on Distractions

Statement on Fatigue

Statement on Principles for Alarm Management for Anesthesia Professionals

Sample Policies:

Distractions Statement Example #1

Distractions Statement Example #2

Distractions Statement Example #3

Sample Policy Disclaimer:

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ASA Resources:

Distractions in the Operating Room Annotated Bibliography

ASA Resources (Not Peer-Reviewed): 

ASA Newsletter, August 2012, Mary Ann Vann, MD, "Distracted Doctors in the O.R."

ASA Newsletter, May 2014, Sara E. Neves, MD, Ray G. Soto, MD, "Situational Awareness, Multitasking, and Distraction in the O.R."

External Resources:

APSF Newsletter, June 2014, Brian J. Cammarata, M.D. and Brian J. Thomas, J.D., "Technology's Escalating Impact on Perioperative Care: Clinical, Compliance, and Medicolegal Considerations."

National Transportation Safety Board, Operations Bulletin OPS-GEN-112, "Preventing Distracted Driving."

U.S. Department of Transportation Order 3902.10, December 2009, "Text Messaging While Driving."

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