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Patient Safety Highlights 2018 - Situational Awareness and Crisis Management: Strategies to Improve Patient Safety in Anesthesia Practice

  • Claim Credits by 2/7/2022
  • Online Activity
Credits Available: CME, MOCA® II

THIS IS AN ONLINE ACTIVITY. Hard copies are not available.

Situational awareness (SA) is perception of elements in the environment, comprehension of that information, and ability to project future events. Understanding how SA affects decision-making and teamwork is crucial for patient safety. SA errors contributed to successful malpractice claims resulting in payment, illustrating the crucial role of SA in anesthesia. This RCL will discuss SA and crisis management (CRM) in anesthesia practice and how these strategies affect teamwork among anesthesia providers and the operating room team. Different approaches to SA and CRM, factors contributing to expertise in developing enhanced SA, and recognition of errors that occur during the development of SA and CRM will be discussed. This lecture presents strategies to improve SA and crisis management skills during daily anesthesia practice to help improve patient outcome.

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The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®

This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

Disclaimer: The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.

Activity Release Date: 2/6/19

Activity Expiration Date: 2/7/22

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to: 
  • Describe situational awareness and discuss its relevance in anesthesia practice.
  • Outline potential influencing factors that might lead to gaps in situational awareness even among experienced physicians.
  • Discuss the significance and potential medical impact of factors affecting situational awareness and crisis management.
  • Discuss strategies to prevent gaps in situational awareness in daily clinical practice.
  • Develop strategies to implement Crisis Resource Management principles in anesthesia practice.
All members of the anesthesia care team.
All faculty, planners and staff have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
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 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.
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Patient Safety Highlights 2018 - Situational Awareness and Crisis Management: Strategies to Improve Patient Safety in Anesthesia Practice
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