May 1, 2013
Volume 77, Number 5
Anesthesiologists in the News
National Physician-led Pain Care Message
In a January 2013 syndicated article, picked up
by more than 1,279 online media outlets, ASA
Chair of the Committee on Communications
John F. Dombrowski, M.D. stressed the
importance of physician-led pain care.
Fear of Anesthesia?
ASA President-Elect Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D.
participated in a January 12, 2013 radio segment
on Voice America to help reduce the fear many
patients have about undergoing anesthesia.
Get Healthy, Improve Anesthesia Outcomes
On January 15, 2013, ASA member of the Committee on Communications Nina Singh-Radcliff, M.D.
authored a KevinMD.com guest column on how
patients can improve anesthesia outcomes by
Avoid Unnecessary Preop Tests
ASA Chair of the Committee on Standards and
Practice Parameters Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum, M.D.
discussed unnecessary preop tests in the
February 2013 issue of Same-Day Surgery.
Value of Anesthesia Care Teams
The Los Angeles Times published a letter to the
editor from ASA President John M. Zerwas, M.D.
on February 15, 2013. The letter explained how anesthesiologists lead other mid-level providers
on anesthesia care teams.
On February 19, 2013, ASA member of the
Committee on Cardiovascular and Thoracic
Anesthesia John R. Rotruck, M.D. authored a
KevinMD.com guest column on the connection
between a healthy heart and anesthesia.
Dispelling Media Myths of Anesthesiologists
On March 17, 2013, ASA member Paul H. Ting, M.D. authored a KevinMD.com guest column to dispel
stereotypes of anesthesiologists in the media.
Dr. Ting explained how anesthesiologists treat
patients well beyond the procedure room.
Quit Smoking, See Results
In the March/April 2013 issue of Health & Wellness, ASA member of the Committee on Communications Nina Singh-Radcliff, M.D. penned a column on the health benefits of quitting smoking.
Member and Staff Announcements
ASA member Brett K. Anderson, M.D. was named chair of the anesthesiology department at the
Beaver campus of Heritage Valley Health System on December 10, 2012.
ASA member Robert N. Sladen, M.B., Ch.B., F.C.C.M. received the Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teacher Excellence Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) on January 21, 2013.
On March 1, Associations Now announced the
appointment of Paul Pomerantz as the new CEO
On March 4, 2013, Yahoo! News announced the
appointment of Manuel E. Bonilla, M.S. as the
new Chief Advocacy Officer of ASA.
ESA Safety Kit to Help Raise Anesthesia Safety Standards
The European Society of Anaesthesiology
(ESA) will launch a “safety starter kit,” to
be distributed on a flash drive at this year’s
Euroanaesthesia 2013 congress in Barcelona, Spain, June 1-4. Following the Euroanaesthesia congress, ESA will publish the kit in a
dedicated section of its website www.esahq.org.
The kit was assembled following the landmark
2010 Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety, which targets the factors that contribute to
patient safety before, during and after surgery.
The Helsinki Declaration states that steps must be taken to address the numerous human and technical factors that can affect patient safety, including drug and syringe labeling, checking equipment, difficult or failed intubation, bleeding, infections, and anesthetic toxicity. It also requires anesthesiology departments to collect data in order to produce annual reports on
patient safety so that improvement in safety practice can be tracked and exchange of
knowledge be accomplished.
To cater to the multiple aims of the Helsinki Declaration, the safety starter kit contains the following:
Selected articles of the publication “Safety in Anaesthesia” (Best Practice & Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology).
A book on patient safety by internationally
recognized expert Charles Vincent.
A proposed template for an anesthesia
departmental safety report.
The text of the original Helsinki Declaration.
Hazard warnings published in countries that alert anaesthesiologists to important adverse events.
Presentations and podcasts of essential aspects of patient safety, including human limitations in the operating room and an
introduction to critical incident reporting.
Presentations for basic lectures on patient safety/risk management, including topics on medication error, good communication and teamwork.
Checklists for emergency management in the O.R. for situations such as those involving newborns, anaphylaxis, hypertension,
The WHO Safe Surgery Checklist.
A list of links to important Internet resources.
Many of the practices and tools in the starter kit may be commonplace in European hospitals, but ESA hopes the kit will support hospitals that have yet to fully establish the standards of the Helsinki Declaration.
For more information, contact Dr. Sven Staender at firstname.lastname@example.org.