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ISOBS Research in Anesthesiology News

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

A checklist designed for an office-based plastic surgery practice improved documentation of key safety measures, researchers have found. Read more here (requires login) or view the article as a .pdf

Effect of an Office-Based Surgical Safety System on Patient Outcomes research paper (as .pdf)

Office-Based Surgical Safety Checklist Improves Rates of Key Patient Safety Indicators & Outcomes

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

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Creating a Culture of Safety

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

by Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, and Fred E. Shapiro, DO

In recent years, the economic realities of health care reimbursement and a growing consumer demand have led to a paradigm shift in the way health care is delivered: from in-hospital settings to outpatient facilities and offices. The office setting offers improved provider and patient access, convenience, cost-savings, and often is not subject to the same local, state or federal regulations as the hospital or ASC facility. However, safety and quality need special attention in the office surgery setting.

Read the complete ASA article here

Improving Patient Safety in the Office

Friday, October 5th, 2012

by Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, and Fred E. Shapiro, DO

Economic realities of health care reimbursement and growing consumer demand have shifted health care delivery: from in-hospital to outpatient settings, and recently to physicians’ offices. The number of offices, patients, variety, and complexity of procedures continues to increase with 12 million office-based procedures performed in 2009. This is due to decreased cost and improved provider patient access and convenience, without regulations similar to those at hospitals or ASCs (Ambulatory Surgical Centers) Office personnel often are not prepared for complications. An increased incidence of adverse events in office-based surgery has caught the public’s attention due to highly publicized fatalities, such as the death of Kanye West’s mother and of young, healthy patients undergoing routine procedures.

read further at the Official Journal of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation site>

ISOBS features in Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia article

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Office-based surgery (OBS) has increased in popularity due to patient and health care provider convenience, financial pressures and lack of regulation in many states. This tremendous growth of OBS also resulted in thousands of unaccredited facilities with unqualified personnel and several recent high-profile patient deaths. As a result, a few concerned physicians came together to form The Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery (ISOBS), a Boston-based, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

read the complete SAMBA article here