After completing this activity, the learner will be able to:
Discuss recent advances, strategies, and best practices in providing safe patient care in the field of anesthesiology as presented in an annual national forum;
Examine the role of anesthesiology in healthcare systems, and describe how a systems approach can be used to anticipate and prevent many inherent errors;
Recognize the importance of effective communication in providing safe anesthesiology care to patients, and identify barriers to and strategies for improving communication with the health care team;
Describe the characteristics of a safety culture, and assess its impact on the practice of anesthesiology.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists remains strongly committed to providing the best available evidence-based clinical information to participants of this educational activity and requires an open disclosure of any potential conflict of interest identified by our faculty members. It is not the intent of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to eliminate all situations of potential conflict of interest, but rather to enable those who are working with the American Society of Anesthesiologists to recognize situations that may be subject to question by others. All disclosed conflicts of interest are reviewed by the educational activity course director/chair to ensure that such situations are properly evaluated and, if necessary, resolved. The American Society of Anesthesiologists educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all American Society of Anesthesiologists CME activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relationships will be made available for all educational activities.