NEW YORK (AP) — While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa. more here
NEW YORK July 29, 2014) from PIX 11 — A loophole in New York State law lets any doctor perform cosmetic procedures, even without an anesthesiologist or any nursing help. Women in the U.S. had more than 9 million cosmetic procedures in the 2012, and increasingly these procedures are being performed in office-based surgical suites…. read more
Office-based anesthesia is expanding. At the present time, there has not been a good review of what is needed for those who practice anesthesia in the office. Dr. Richard D. Urman, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Management, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, and coauthors are individuals who do both office and ambulatory surgery and are leaders in the field. Their review, titled “Office-Based Anesthesia: Safety and Outcomes,” is published in this month’s issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia. Read further here…
Our latest ISOBS update available here as a pdf for download.
Benefit: To engage, empower ,educate and ensure safety
The ISOBS Patient Checklist
ISOBS created this novel concept to provide a role for the patient in the medical process to ensure their own safety. With increasing attention focused on the National Quality Strategy for high quality cost effective health care, patient satisfaction surveys will be assessed to rate overall health care. By providing patients with checklists of a few simple questions to ask prior to a procedure, they provide necessary “pause points” at which providers are prompted to reliably deliver appropriate care.
Our latest ISOBS update available here as a pdf for download
ISOBS and Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) have agreed to work together and to exchange ideas in an effort to improve ambulatory patient safety. SAMBA represents the interests of clinicians, works to enhance patient safety and provides research and education for practitioners of ambulatory anesthesia.
24-year-old dies after wisdom teeth surgery
By Melissa Pamer and Tony Shin, NBCSanDiego.com
Updated 3 days ago
A family is asking questions after a 24-year-old man died following an oral surgeon’s operation to remove his wisdom teeth late last month.
Marek Lapinski, of Murrieta, Calif., went into cardiac arrest during the common surgery, according to medical records provided by a friend of the family.
Lapinski died three days after the March 21 surgery at a clinic run by Dr. Steven Paul in Temecula, Calif.
Thomas Keiser, the friend of Lapinski’s family, called the death a “senseless tragedy.” more to this article at NBCNews
ISOBS is excited to announce its partnership with and endorsement of the Safety Checklist for Office-Based Surgery and the Patient’s Checklist for Office-Based Procedures from the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). The mission of AORN, “is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. AORN will collaborate with professional and regulatory organizations, industry leaders, and other health care partners.” Their mission dovetails perfectly with that of ISOBS. Deborah Spratt, RN has graciously accepted our invitation to join the ISOBS Board of Directors. Stay tuned for our first ISOBS/AORN projects: an office based nursing survey and an introductory article in the Patient Safety Column in the Journal of AORN.