Episode #98 Anesthesia Patient Safety Experts: Interview with Dr. Steve Barker, Part 1

May 17, 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 second Anesthesia Patient Safety Podcast Interview Show. Joining me on the show today is Dr. Steve Barker. He is joining us from Arizona in the United States. Barker is a professor emeritus at The University of Arizona College of Medicine. His background is in mechanical engineering. In fact, his first degree was a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering before he completed his medical and anesthesia training. Barker is a consultant with Masimo and serves as the Chief Science Officer. He has over 100 published scholarly works with research interests that include oxygen transport, continuous intravascular monitoring, brain function monitoring during neurosurgery, and the physics of airway obstruction. He is also an anesthesia patient safety advocate and serves as a director for the Patient Safety Movement. For more information, head over to the Patient Safety Movement website. https://patientsafetymovement.org/

On the show today, we talk about the importance of communication for helping to keep patients safe in medicine and anesthesia. This is something that may need to be part of medical school from the very first day. We also discuss the role of technology. One of Dr. Barker’s research areas includes the accuracy and interpretation of pulse oximetry of the operating room. He mentions his recently published abstract from the 2022 Society for Technology in Anesthesia Virtual Annual Meeting called “Accuracy of Masimo SET Pulse Oximetry in Black and White Volunteer Subjects: A Retrospective Review.” For more information, head over to the STA website where you can download the abstract. Check out the link here: https://www.stahq.org/resources/annual-meeting-archive/2022

Here is a link for more information about Dr. Steve Barker: https://anesth.medicine.arizona.edu/profile/steven-j-barker-phd-md

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Show Intro:

Hello and welcome back to the Anesthesia Patient Safety Podcast.  My name is Alli Bechtel, and I am your host. Thank you for joining us for another show. Today, Dr. Steve Barker joins me on the show today for our next interview with an anesthesia patient safety expert. So, lace up your shoes or grab a cup of coffee as we get ready to talk about communication, technology education, and monitors and so much more.

Show Wrap-up:

Thank you so much to Barker 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 Barker. 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.