ASA Safety Tapes Should Get Annual Viewing

Bernard V. Wetchler, M.D.

To the Editor

The ASA and the Committee on Patient Safety and Risk Management are to be congratulated for producing the patient safety video series. These videotapes take a giant step in providing safety and risk management information to anesthesiologists and anesthetists.

I have concern that tapes may gather dust after

a first viewing and new department members and residents might be unaware of their presence. AU departments should be encouraged to establish an ongoing annual review of these excellent videotapes.

Bernard V. Wetchler, M.D., Director Departments of Anesthesia and Ambulatory Surgery Methodist Medical Center of Illinois.