Episode #90 Anesthesia Patient Safety Experts: Interview with Dr. Alan Merry, Part 1

March 22, 2022

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Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel.  This podcast will be an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.

We are so excited for our first Anesthesia Patient Safety Podcast Interview Show. Joining me on the show today is Dr. Alan Merry. He is joining us from Auckland, New Zealand. Merry is a professor and anaesthetist at Auckland City Hospital. His clinical practice areas include cardiothoracic anaesthesia and chronic pain. He is the former Councilor of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the former Chair of the Board of the New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission. In addition, he is on the Board of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists and of Lifebox which is an international charitable initiative to improve patient safety related to surgery and anaesthesia in low-income areas of the world. His publications focus on patient safety, human factors, and simulation. We are talking about all of this and more on the show today.

Here is a link for more information about Dr. Alan Merry: https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/a-merry

Merry mentioned the contribution of Dr. Simon Mitchell to improving patient safety with a wall-mounted surgical safety checklists and migrated leadership. Check out this article for more information:

  • Ong, A. P. C., Devcich, D. A., Hannam, J., Lee, T., Merry, A. F., & Mitchell, S. J. (2016). A ‘paperless’ wall-mounted surgical safety checklist with migrated leadership can improve compliance and team engagement. BMJ Quality & Safety, 25(12), 971-976. 1136/bmjqs-2015-004545
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33269

For more information about Lifebox, check out this link: https://www.lifebox.org/

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Thank you so much to Merry for joining me on the show today. The good news is that this is only Part 1. That’s right…we will be back next week with more of my conversation with Merry. So, mark your calendars!

If you have any questions or comments from today’s show, please email us at [email protected]. Please keep in mind that the information in this show is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical or legal advice. We hope that you will visit APSF.org for detailed information and check out the show notes for links to all the topics we discussed today.  We also hope that you will connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. We can continue the conversation about anesthesia patient safety all week long while waiting for the next podcast to drop.

Until next time, stay vigilant so that no one shall be harmed by anesthesia care.