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…
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 a checklist with 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.
As spring turns into summer, we bring you the latest updates in the field of Office-Based Surgery for you to peruse while on the beach: new publications in plastic surgery, anesthesiology, gynecology, general medicine, and nursing; creating key alliances with like-minded organizations to work toward a common goal of patient safety.
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.