In January 1976, a group of young healthy servicemen fell ill with an unknown respiratory illness at Fort Dix, a US Army training center in New Jersey. Several were hospitalized…
In 2018 the APSF Board of Directors (BOD) voted on its top perioperative patient safety priorities. This list was generated from a combination of a review of the most current literature…
Postpartum peripheral nerve injuries occur in approximately 0.3–2% of all deliveries. The majority of nerve injuries are attributed to intrinsic obstetric palsies secondary to compression…
On December 17, 2020, Sjoding et al. published a retrospective analysis of pulse oximetry (SpO2) data from two patient cohorts indicating that in some patients, occult hypoxemia was not detected…
Establishing a Difficult Airway Response Team for a Regional Hospital: A Case Study in the Adoption and Diffusion of InnovationsSarah K. Pierce, CRNA; Gary E. Machlis, PhD
Difficult airway adverse events are the fourth most common event in the American Society of Anesthesiologist Closed Claims Database, with detrimental or devastating…
Important Medication Errors and Hazards Reported to the ISMP National Medication Errors Reporting Program During 2020Ronald S. Litman, DO, ML, Medical Director, ISMP
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP.org) receives thousands of medication error reports through their voluntary practitioner online reporting system. By this mechanism…
Inadvertent Unplugging of Rapid Infuser Causing a Large Volume of Cold Fluid to be Infused with Subsequent Cardiac Arrest
The ThermaCor® 1200 Rapid Infusion (Smisson-Cartledge Biomedical, Macon, GA) is a rapid heated fluid infuser, which utilizes dry, conduction temperature-controlled heating…
Practice Considerations for the Anesthesia Professional for Methamphetamine Substance Use Disorder PatientsJennifer Krogh, MSN, CRNA; Jennifer Lanzillotta-Rangeley, PhD, CRNA; Elizabeth Paratz, MD; Lynn Reede, DNP, CRNA; Linda Stone, DNP, CRNA; Joseph Szokol, MD; Laura Andrews, PhD; Joan Kearney, PhD, APRN, FAAN
Substance Use Disorders (SUD) are a topic of increasing concern in the United States and continue to impact families and communities. Of the reported 329.9 million population…
I would like to present a case of lower lip injury in a patient during intubation associated with the design of a Macintosh laryngoscope blade (BritePro Solo™, Flexicare Inc., Irvine, CA). The patient was a 75-year-old male who was scheduled for a urologic procedure. He was intubated smoothly with a 7.5 endotracheal tube (ETT) using…
A recent article in APSF by Jeffrey Cooper, PhD, highlighted the importance of considering the relationship between certain dyads in the operating room, specifically between…
A 55-year-old male with a history of pre-existing bifasicular heart block was orally intubated uneventfully with a 7.5 millimeter Shiley polyvinyl endotracheal tube…
The Malignant Hyperthermia Hotline (MHH) (800-MH-HYPER) is a service provided by the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS), a non-profit patient advocacy…
The results of the “PRediction of Opioid-induced respiratory Depression In patients monitored by capnoGraphY” (PRODIGY) clinical trial were published last year…
Preventable medical errors are believed to be one of the largest causes of death in the United States (US), resulting in approximately 400,000 deaths per year…
Hemorrhage is the leading cause of death in the operating room, with two thirds of hemorrhagic deaths occurring in the setting of emergent surgery…
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A Tribute to Ron Litman, DO, ML
In this issue of the Newsletter, there are two articles by Ron Litman, DO, a frequent contributor to APSF. As the Newsletter was being finalized for publication, Ron passed away after a battle with leukemia. The articles in this issue provide a glimpse into the breadth of his career. As an MH consultant for many years, he took calls at all hours of the day and night, advising colleagues faced with patient care decisions to recognize and treat malignant hyperthermia. He was not only a world expert on MH, but an important voice for MHAUS (Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the US), serving as the medical director from 2013 to 2019. Of note, his article on lessons learned from the MH hotline was authored with a medical student, one of countless students and residents he mentored with the goal of inspiring them to a career of inquiry and contribution. Ron also had a longstanding interest in medication safety and served as medical director for ISMP (the Institute for Safe Medical Practices) and as former Chair of the FDA Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee. Ron was a leading voice in pediatric anesthesia, contributing to our understanding of the pediatric airway, and inspiring many to contribute to the field. He had a thirst for knowledge and found time to earn a Masters of Law degree in recent years. He did it all with humor and a very human touch. Ron’s passing is a great loss, not only to his family and friends, but to our specialty and the patients we serve.
Jeffrey M. Feldman, MD, MSE
Attending Anesthesiologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
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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, 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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