Testimony to the value of engaging the patient in the decision making process

Written by john on November 29th, 2017

Ken Alltucker from the Arizona Republic recently published an article on medical tourism, specifically patients in the US being referred for weight-loss surgery in Mexico. This can be a highly unregulated field with poor oversight on the surgeon and referral centers. As Alltucker investigated, there were numerous patients who suffered severe complications, bankruptcy as a result of their medical bills, and even death from these botched surgeries.


National Patient Safety Goals from Joint Commission

Written by john on November 27th, 2017

The Joint Commission recently published the 2018 National Patient Safety Goals. They have a 9 page document and a single page summary.

In short:

Identify patients correctly- at least 2 ways to identify patients; make sure patients receive correct blood during transfusions.

Use medicines safely- label all medications before procedures; record and sign out the correct information about patient’s medications, including home and currently receiving medications.

Prevent infection- wash hands according to CDC or WHO guidelines; use proven guidelines to prevent infection after surgery.

Prevent mistakes in surgery- correct surgery on correct patient on the correct place on the patient’s body; mark the correct place before surgery; time out before surgery.


IHI webinar available

Written by john on November 23rd, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) last month. The webinar discussing our newly created ISOBS Safety Checklist for Office-Based Anesthesia Crises is now archived! Additionally the Official Website for the Military Health System shared this news with their viewers.

The podcast is here, along with slides and notes from the webinar.


Upcoming Institute of Healthcare Improvement Webinar

Written by john on October 10th, 2017

On Thursday, 10/26/17 @ 14:00 EST (2PM), we will be on air on the upcoming Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) webinar discussing our newly created ISOBS Safety Checklist for Office-Based Anesthesia Crises.

Please join us (Fred E. Shapiro, DO, Chair for ASA Committee on Patient Safety and Education and co-founder of ISOBS; Alex Hannenberg, MD, Faculty, Safe Surgery Program, Ariadne Labs, and Chief Quality Officer of the ASA; and Jennifer Lenoci-Edwards, RN, MPH, director of Patient Safety for IHI) live for this free audio program!

If you miss it, this IHI podcast will be archived and available on iTunes.


Introducing ISOBS Safety Checklist for Office-Based Surgery

Written by john on October 9th, 2017

We are proud to introduce the seminal ISOBS safety checklist. Designed with the unique office-based surgical setting in mind, it focuses on the algorithms and treatment plans for both medical and non-medical emergencies that are often encountered.


Fall 2017 ISOBS newsletter

Written by john on October 8th, 2017

Welcome back, as we transition to leaf peeping season in 2017, we bring you our latest informationISOBS first fundraiser, continued growth with the addition of our new subsidiary “The Incubator for Patient Safety and Outcomes”, the latest checklist creation “The ISOBS Emergency Manual for Office-based Surgery”; and of course new publications and personnel growth.


Summer 2016 ISOBS newsletter

Written by john on August 22nd, 2016

We are excited to announce our news and advances: awarded another Leadership HPHC Safety Grant, ISOBS patient safety checklist featured on the HPHC newsletter, ISOBS safety checklist added to the ASHRM website, expansion of our patient safety initiative to all types of outpatient settings; as always, new publications and new people.


Patient Safety Checklist published

Written by john on July 12th, 2016

ISOBS patient safety checklist added to the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare website, featured in the 2016 Summer HPHC Subscriber Newsletter (subscribed by~ 400,000 people).

First published in AORN: Shapiro FE, Punwani N, Urman RD. Putting the Patient into Patient Safety Checklists. AORN Journal 2013 Oct;98(4):413-8.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aorn.2013.08.003


Office-Based Surgical Safety Checklist published

Written by john on March 8th, 2016

ISOBS surgical safety checklist was added to the office based guidelines resource handbook for American Society of Healthcare Risk Management.

First published in AORN: Shapiro FE, Punwani N, Urman RD. Checklist Implementation for Office-Based Surgery: A Team Effort. AORN Journal 2013 Sept;98 (3) 305-309. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aorn.2013.06.009


Guest Lecture @ ISPAN

Written by john on November 9th, 2015

Invited to give a lecture at the 2015 41st Annual Convention of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN), formerly known as American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses in Boston, MA.