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A New Emergency Checklist for Office-Based Surgery – Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Heading to an office practice of an ambulatory care center for what’s considered “minor surgery” tends to be more convenient for the patient and often more effective. According to recent figures, upwards of 20 million outpatient procedures are performed in the US each year – everything from cosmetic to knee to eye surgery. As the numbers rise, so do concerns about safety.

The ISOBS Safety Checklist for Office-Based Anesthesia Crises to be unveiled this month, is the work of four anesthesiologists and designed to help office-based clinical teams “do the right thing” should any of the 26 critical events arise during office surgery, including cardiac arrest, a blocked airway, and hemorrhage. The checklist also provides guidance on what to do in the event of a fire, loss of power, or loss of oxygen.


  • Fred Shapiro, DO, chair, ASA Committee on Patient Safety and Education; founder, Institute for Safety in Office Based Surgery
  • Alexander Hannenberg, MD, associate chair of anesthesiology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, faculty, Safe Surgery Program, Ariadne Labs
  • Jennifer Lenoci-Edwards, RN, MPH, director, Patient Safety, IHI

Register for this webinar

  • Start Date: 10/26/2017, 2:00 PM
  • End Date: 10/26/2017, 3:00 PM

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