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National Patient Safety Goals from Joint Commission

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Fall 2017 ISOBS newsletter

Sunday, 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

Monday, 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.

Office-Based Surgical Safety Checklist published

Tuesday, 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:

Fall 2015 ISOBS newsletter

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

As the 2015-2016 academic season approaches, we thought it would be the ideal opportunity to share: continued expansion of our global outreach with new projects, personnel, presentations, publications, and most recently an HPHC Patient Safety Leadership Award.

Late 2014 ISOBS newsletter

Monday, December 15th, 2014

We thought it would be the perfect time to share our exciting advances: an APSF grant, our second HPHC safety grant, new publications, new people, and new developments that have only emphasized the need for our office-based surgical safety research.

Early 2014 ISOBS Newsletter

Tuesday, 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.