Early 2014 ISOBS Newsletter

Written by admin on March 18th, 2014

The groundhog of 2014 has predicted another ‘six weeks of winter’, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to share our thoughts and updates: despite the cold winter, ISOBS is growing ‘limbs- several new projects have expanded our safety outreach to include any procedure requiring sedation and analgesia performed outside the hospital operating room.


Spring 2013 ISOBS newsletter

Written by john on May 9th, 2013

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 SAMBA working together

Written by admin on April 8th, 2013

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

Written by admin on April 4th, 2013
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 and AORN announce partnership, collaboration to improve office safety

Written by admin on January 16th, 2013

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.



Late 2012 ISOBS Newsletter

Written by admin on January 16th, 2013

With the 2013 New Year upon us, we thought it an appropriate time to share with you the progress of the Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery: a special “insiders” view of interesting news and topics, and how we are advancing the path to office-based surgical safety.


3rd Annual ISOBS Award Reception held in Washington, D.C. at The American Society of Anesthesiologists

Written by admin on December 22nd, 2012

ISOBS honored Drs. Richard P. Dutton and Jerry A. Cohen for their contributions to patient safety.

From left: Drs. Richard Urman, Jerry Cohen, Richard P. Dutton, and Fred Shapiro

Watch the video presented at our 3rd Annual Reception held in Washington DC on October 12, 2012, honoring Drs. Richard P. Dutton and Jerry A. Cohen for their contributions to patient safety.


ISOBS Research in Anesthesiology News

Written by admin on 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

Written by admin on October 10th, 2012

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Creating a Culture of Safety

Written by admin on 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