Keeping patients safe during anesthesia care is a multifaceted challenge. The skills and vigilance of the anesthesia professional are necessary, but not sufficient. The ergonomics of the care environment, systems…
Pharmacovigilence Applied to the Use of Sevoflurane and Desflurane: Nearly 30 years of Adverse Event Reporting
Sevoflurane and desflurane were introduced into the U.S. market in the early 1990s, with each having some concerns about their safety. Sevoflurane had a fresh gas flow restriction due to…
We live in a world of competing priorities when we care for patients. On any given day, we are cajoled, pushed, and even prodded to provide cost-effective, efficient, highly productive…
The global crisis due to COVID-19 has permeated every aspect of our healthcare systems. Concerns about biohazard of (SARS-CoV-2), spread and contact transmission to patients, healthcare personnel…
The MHC Story: Accelerating Implementation of Best Practices Through Improved Organizational Macro-Ergonomics
Updates from the Perioperative Multi-Center Handoff Collaborative (MHC) Scaling and sustaining change in health care is complex and generally requires aligning the efforts of interdisciplinary groups on multiple levels. Examples…
Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is an invaluable tool that has been used in industry to identify potential points of failure in a process, to evaluate their causes and…
Dear RAPID Response: I read your safety guidelines often for answers, but I could not find one that addresses the question of what types of procedures should be done when…
This piece summarizes the content of the 2020 Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., MD, Memorial Patient Safety Lecture, which was presented on October 3, 2020, at the American Society of Anesthesiologists…
Clinical Vignette It is Friday evening and you are preparing to hand off a femoral-popliteal bypass case to the night team when you receive a page from your trainee that…
The APSF’s mission statement explicitly includes the goal to improve continually the safety of patients during anesthesia care by encouraging and conducting safety research and education. The APSF grant program…
Positive pressure, where the pressure in the operating room is greater than the adjacent areas, is the typical approach to OR ventilation. This approach is employed to prevent…
The Single-Provider-Operator-Anesthetist Model for Dental Deep Sedation/Anesthesia: A Major Safety Issue for Children
In 2019 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a joint statement with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) updating the AAP sedation guideline.1,2 This revision was prompted by…
The COVID-19 pandemic in NYC during spring 2020 resulted in an unprecedented number of patients requiring mechanical ventilation. With the need for intensive care unit (ICU) beds…
What Does Cefazolin Anaphylaxis Look Like? A Real Life Case Example A 50-year-old African-American woman presented to an Allergy and Immunology clinic following two suspected discrete episodes of anaphylaxis prior…
Dear RAPID Response: A 4.3kg 6-week-old patient was in the operating room (OR) for repair of a ventricular septal defect. After a minor adjustment in table height using the pendant…
Malignant Hyperthermia vs. Drug-Induced MH-Like Syndromes Anesthesia professionals recognize malignant hyperthermia (MH) in the perioperative period as a rapidly progressing, life-threatening, hypermetabolic syndrome that’s triggered in the muscle of genetically…
Introduction An Anterior Neck Hematoma (ANH) can quickly progress to an airway obstruction that can occur at any time following a surgical intervention of the neck. Typically, most patients present…
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A Remembrance: Charles Cowles, MD, MBA, FASA
In the last few days before this publication was to go to press, we learned the tragic news that Charles Cowles, MD, lost his life in a car accident on a family trip. Thankfully, his wife and three children, although injured, have all survived. Charles contributed so much to APSF and our specialty throughout his career including two articles in this issue of the Newsletter. With heavy hearts, we offer this remembrance.
Charles possessed many qualities that made him such an effective advocate for patient safety. He possessed a wealth of knowledge gained through innate curiosity, and the discipline to pursue learning until he had a thorough understanding of the topic of interest. He had the insight to understand how to apply his knowledge to enhance patient safety and the dedication to put his efforts towards that end. Finally, he generously shared his time and energy in the pursuit of improving patient care.
As a trained firefighter, Charles worked consistently for many years in an effort to ensure that no patient is injured by fire. He provided lectures and educational material as well as representing ASA at the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). He was an expert on facilities and the systems needed to keep patients and providers safe. Whenever called upon for an opinion, Charles provided valuable information in a form that was accessible to the clinician.
We will never know the impact Charles would have had on future safety efforts. There is no question that APSF will need to respond to patient safety concerns where we will immediately feel the loss of his guidance. Of course, our loss pales in comparison to that of his family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them with the hope they will find some comfort being together and holding on to his memory.
We will miss Charles Cowles greatly, hold his contributions dear, and honor his memory by continuing our work on patient safety.
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APSF Executive Committee 2021:
Mark A. Warner, MD, President, Rochester, MN; Daniel J. Cole, MD, Vice President, Los Angeles, CA; Steven B. Greenberg, MD, Secretary, Chicago, IL; Douglas A. Bartlett, Treasurer, Boulder, CO; Lynn Reede, DNP, MBA, CRNA, FNAP, Director At-Large, Boston, MA.
APSF Newsletter Editorial Board 2021:
Steven B. Greenberg, MD, Editor, Chicago, IL; Jennifer M. Banayan, MD, Associate Editor, Chicago, IL; Edward A. Bittner, MD, PhD, Associate Editor, Boston, MA; JW Beard, MD, Wilmette, IL; Heather Colombano, MD, Winston-Salem, NC; Jan Ehrenwerth, MD, New Haven, CT; John H. Eichhorn, MD, San Jose, CA; Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, Philadelphia, PA; Nikolaus Gravenstein, MD, Gainesville, FL; Joshua Lea, CRNA, Boston, MA; Bommy Hong Mershon, MD, Baltimore, MD; Tricia A. Meyer, PharmD, Temple, TX; Glenn S. Murphy, MD, Chicago, IL; Steven Shafer MD, Stanford, CA; Brian Thomas, JD, Kansas City, MO; Felipe Urdaneta, MD, Gainesville, FL; Jeffrey S. Vender, MD, Winnetka, IL; Wilson Somerville, PhD, Editorial Assistant, Winston-Salem, NC. Please see the links of international editors at https://www.apsf.org/wp-content/uploads/newsletter/APSF-International-Editors.pdf
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