The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) have jointly agreed to support the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s (PSMF) mission to eliminate preventable patient deaths by the year 2020. The two organizations will encourage physician anesthesiologists to lead their organizations to implement patient safety improvements that will help eliminate preventable patient deaths.
Founded in 1905, ASA is an educational, research, and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology.
“The ASA has always been on the forefront of ensuring physician anesthesiologists provide the highest quality and safest care possible for every patient,” said Jeffrey Plagenhoef, M.D., ASA president. “Pledging our support for the PSMF’s mission is a natural extension of our own mission to protect patients before, during, and after surgery.”
The APSF, an ASA related organization, was launched in 1985 to support research, education, and clinical practices that reduce the risk of harm to surgical patients. Its mission is “that no patient will be harmed by anesthesia.”
“The APSF was established to continually work to improve patient safety during anesthesia care through safety, research, education, safety programs and campaigns, and the exchange of information with anesthesia providers around the world,” said Mark A. Warner, M.D., APSF president. “I look forward to working more closely with the PSMF to further our shared mission of protecting patients from unnecessary harm.”
“ASA and its members have been in the forefront of patient safety for decades. Their continuous improvement projects have dramatically reduced complications from anesthesia. A death from complications due to anesthesia is almost unheard of these days. We are delighted to have ASA’s and APSF’s support to help make preventable deaths in hospitals unheard of by 2020,” said Joe Kiani, founder of the PSMF.