Improving Patient Safety in Anesthesia

A Success Story?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

30 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Anesthesia is necessary for surgery; however, it does not deliver any direct therapeutic benefit. The risks of anesthesia must therefore be as low as possible. Anesthesiology has been identified as a leader in improving patient safety. Anesthetic mortality has decreased, and in healthy patients can be as low as 1:250,000. Trends in anesthetic morbidity have not been as well defined, but it appears that the risk of injury is decreasing. Studies of error during anesthesia and Closed Claims studies have identified sources of risk and methods to reduce the risks associated with anesthesia. These include changes in technology, such as anesthetic delivery systems and monitors, the application of human factors, the use of simulation, and the establishment of reporting systems. A review of the important events in the past 50 years illustrates the many steps that have contributed to the improvements in anesthesia safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Volume71
Issue number1 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

Fingerprint

anesthesia
Patient Safety
safety
anesthetics
Anesthesia
Anesthetics
anesthesiology
Anesthesiology
mortality
surgery
monitors
delivery
Technology
Morbidity
trends
Safety
Mortality
Wounds and Injuries
simulation

Keywords

  • Anesthesia
  • Error
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiation

Cite this

Improving Patient Safety in Anesthesia : A Success Story? / Botney, Richard.

In: International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Vol. 71, No. 1 SUPPL., 01.05.2008.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{eba036dac48c415dbf9e29aa8370b716,
title = "Improving Patient Safety in Anesthesia: A Success Story?",
abstract = "Anesthesia is necessary for surgery; however, it does not deliver any direct therapeutic benefit. The risks of anesthesia must therefore be as low as possible. Anesthesiology has been identified as a leader in improving patient safety. Anesthetic mortality has decreased, and in healthy patients can be as low as 1:250,000. Trends in anesthetic morbidity have not been as well defined, but it appears that the risk of injury is decreasing. Studies of error during anesthesia and Closed Claims studies have identified sources of risk and methods to reduce the risks associated with anesthesia. These include changes in technology, such as anesthetic delivery systems and monitors, the application of human factors, the use of simulation, and the establishment of reporting systems. A review of the important events in the past 50 years illustrates the many steps that have contributed to the improvements in anesthesia safety.",
keywords = "Anesthesia, Error, Safety",
author = "Richard Botney",
year = "2008",
month = "5",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.ijrobp.2007.05.095",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "71",
journal = "International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics",
issn = "0360-3016",
publisher = "Elsevier Inc.",
number = "1 SUPPL.",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Improving Patient Safety in Anesthesia

T2 - A Success Story?

AU - Botney, Richard

PY - 2008/5/1

Y1 - 2008/5/1

N2 - Anesthesia is necessary for surgery; however, it does not deliver any direct therapeutic benefit. The risks of anesthesia must therefore be as low as possible. Anesthesiology has been identified as a leader in improving patient safety. Anesthetic mortality has decreased, and in healthy patients can be as low as 1:250,000. Trends in anesthetic morbidity have not been as well defined, but it appears that the risk of injury is decreasing. Studies of error during anesthesia and Closed Claims studies have identified sources of risk and methods to reduce the risks associated with anesthesia. These include changes in technology, such as anesthetic delivery systems and monitors, the application of human factors, the use of simulation, and the establishment of reporting systems. A review of the important events in the past 50 years illustrates the many steps that have contributed to the improvements in anesthesia safety.

AB - Anesthesia is necessary for surgery; however, it does not deliver any direct therapeutic benefit. The risks of anesthesia must therefore be as low as possible. Anesthesiology has been identified as a leader in improving patient safety. Anesthetic mortality has decreased, and in healthy patients can be as low as 1:250,000. Trends in anesthetic morbidity have not been as well defined, but it appears that the risk of injury is decreasing. Studies of error during anesthesia and Closed Claims studies have identified sources of risk and methods to reduce the risks associated with anesthesia. These include changes in technology, such as anesthetic delivery systems and monitors, the application of human factors, the use of simulation, and the establishment of reporting systems. A review of the important events in the past 50 years illustrates the many steps that have contributed to the improvements in anesthesia safety.

KW - Anesthesia

KW - Error

KW - Safety

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=41749088695&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=41749088695&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2007.05.095

DO - 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2007.05.095

M3 - Article

VL - 71

JO - International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics

JF - International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics

SN - 0360-3016

IS - 1 SUPPL.

ER -