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APSF Workshop Engages Audience in
Communication Skills and Drills

If you are confronted with a situation where you need to speak your mind about a possible patient safety situation, will you be able to do it effectively? This question was posed to the audience by Dr. Jeffrey Cooper, the organizer of this year’s annual APSF Board of Directors workshop. Although there are not empirical data to confirm how often such situations occur, Dr. Cooper reminded the audience about 2 tragic accidents in which a failure to speak up at all or to speak up effectively clearly contributed to these events.. .... [more]

President’s Report Highlights Accomplishments of 2012


Dr. Robert K. Stoelting

Robert K. Stoelting, MD

APSF President

As President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), it is my privilege to report annually on the activities of the foundation during the past calendar year. As in my last annual report, I believe it is important to recognize that the APSF, as an advocacy group, does not write standards. Recommendations developed and promulgated by the APSF are intended to assist professionals who are responsible for making health care decisions......[more]

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Announcing Guidelines for Grant Applications to be selected on Saturday, October 12, 2013 (ASA Annual Meeting) and Scheduled for Funding Starting January 1, 2014

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Request for Applications (RFA) for the

Application deadline: November 1, 2013

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Request for Proposals (RFP) to study the implementation and performance of the APSF Pre-anesthetic Induction Patient Safety Checklist (PIPS)

The deadline for receipt of a proposal is November 1, 2013 for a grant scheduled for funding to begin May 1, 2014.

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Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
APSF Sponsored Conference on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Anesthesia Professionals and the Use of Advanced Medical Technologies: Recommendations for Education, Training, and Documentation
Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix, AZ

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The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) announces the availability of the 18-minute educational video:
Medication Safety in the Operating Room: Time for a New Paradigm
View the DVD on the APSF website (www.apsf.org)
Request a complimentary copy of the DVD on the APSF website (www.apsf.org).



The Official Journal of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Newsletter is the official publication of the nonprofit Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and is published quarterly in Wilmington, Delaware. Annual contributor cost: Individual–$100, Corporate–$500. This and any additional contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible.  © Copyright, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, 2013.

The opinions expressed in this Newsletter are not necessarily those of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. The APSF neither writes nor promulgates standards, and the opinions expressed herein should not be construed to constitute practice standards or practice parameters. Validity of opinions presented, drug dosages, accuracy, and completeness of content are not guaranteed by the APSF.

APSF Executive Committee:
Robert K. Stoelting, MD, President; Steven R. Sanford, JD, Vice President; Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, Executive Vice President; George A. Schapiro, Executive Vice President; Matthew B. Weinger, MD, Secretary; Casey D. Blitt, MD, Treasurer; Sorin J. Brull, MD; Robert A. Caplan, MD; David M. Gaba, MD; Patricia A. Kapur, MD; Lorri A. Lee, MD; Maria Magro van Pelt, CRNA; Robert C. Morell, MD; A. William Paulsen, PhD; Richard C. Prielipp, MD; Steven R. Sanford, JD; Mark A. Warner, MD. Consultants to the Executive Committee: John H. Eichhorn, MD; Bruce P. Hallbert, PhD.

Newsletter Editorial Board:

Robert C. Morell, MD, Co-Editor; Lorri A. Lee, MD, Co-Editor; Sorin J. Brull, MD; Joan Christie, MD; Jan Ehrenwerth, MD; John H. Eichhorn, MD; Steven B. Greenberg, MD; Glenn S. Murphy, MD; John O’Donnell, DrPH, CRNA; Karen Posner, PhD; Andrew F. Smith, MRCP, FRCA; Wilson Somerville, PhD; Jeffery Vender, MD.

Address all general, contributor, and subscription correspondence to:

Administrator, Deanna Walker
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
Building One, Suite Two
8007 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46217-2922
e-mail address: walker@apsf.org
FAX: (317) 888-1482

Address Newsletter editorial comments, questions, letters, and suggestions to:

Robert C. Morell, MD
Senior Co-Editor, APSF Newsletter
c/o Addie Larimore, Editorial Assistant
Department of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
9th Floor CSB
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1009

e-mail: apsfeditor@yahoo.com