Robert K. Stoelting, MD
Robert K. Stoelting, MD, has announced that he will retire as President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) when his next term concludes on October 22, 2016. During his 19-year tenure as APSF President, Dr. Stoelting has been a vigorous and innovative leader, dedicated to the APSF mission that “no patient shall be harmed by anesthesia.”
Under Dr. Stoelting’s direction, APSF has advanced the scope and impact of anesthesia patient safety by engaging a broad range of safety stakeholders in clinical practice, teaching, research, industry, and regulatory affairs. These stakeholders work together to improve patient safety with activities and products including workshops, consensus conferences, surveys, newsletters, educational videos, advisory statements, training opportunities, and research initiatives. APSF provides a vital stimulus for patient safety innovation by funding research awards and providing fellowship grants. The APSF Newsletter, with a worldwide circulation that exceeds 118,000, keeps the anesthesia community attuned to emerging safety concerns and new preventive strategies... [more]
As medical technology advances, so does the complexity of the environment for anesthesia care. Many specialty care centers are utilizing hybrid combinations of MRI, radiation, and lasers in operating suites and other patient care areas. Some of these new treatment and diagnostic modalities pose hazards to the patient, anesthesia provider, and the safe delivery of an anesthetic. In this segment, we will attempt to describe the challenges met at the MD Anderson Cancer Center during the design, implementation, and utilization of new cutting-edge technologies. Since many of these facilities are located a significant distance from the main operating room suite, they are considered remote locations. However, what makes them “extreme” locations is the fact that the anesthesia provider is usually separated from the patient during treatment and that team members must understand specific safety and logistical nuances to provide a safe anesthetic for the patient....[more]
ASA/APSF Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., MD, Patient Safety Memorial Lecture
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The Official Journal of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
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APSF Executive Committee:
Robert K. Stoelting, MD, President; Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, Executive Vice President; George A. Schapiro, Executive Vice President; Robert J. White, Vice President; Matthew B. Weinger, MD, Secretary; Casey D. Blitt, MD, Treasurer; Sorin J. Brull, MD; Robert A. Caplan, MD; David M. Gaba, MD; Steven K. Howard, MD; Lorri A. Lee, MD; Robert C. Morell, MD; A. William Paulsen, PhD; Richard C. Prielipp, MD; Lynne Reede, CRNA; Steven R. Sanford, JD; Maria A. van Pelt, CRNA; Mark A. Warner, MD. Consultants to the Executive Committee: John H. Eichhorn, MD; Bruce P. Hallbert, PhD.
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