Executive Report  |   June 2015
Teamwork and Collaboration – The Hallmarks of Trauma Care and Improved Outcomes
Author Affiliations
  • Richard P. Dutton, M.D., M.B.A.
    Chief Quality Officer
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Trauma / Burn Care / Executive Report
Executive Report   |   June 2015
Teamwork and Collaboration – The Hallmarks of Trauma Care and Improved Outcomes
ASA Monitor 06 2015, Vol.79, 8-9.
ASA Monitor 06 2015, Vol.79, 8-9.
Welcome to the trauma care edition of the ASA NEWSLETTER! As ASA’s Chief Quality Officer (CQO), and a recovering trauma anesthesiologist myself, I am happy to be supplying an update in this space at the request of Chief Executive Officer Paul Pomerantz. My purpose is to describe the organization and function of ASA’s Quality Division, which I direct. But first, a word about the core skill of physician anesthesiologists, as expressed in this issue of the NEWSLETTER.
Early in his tenure as CEO, Mr. Pomerantz spent several days visiting physician anesthesiologists in different practice settings. I had the pleasure of hosting Paul for a clinical day in the University of Chicago operating rooms, where I work one day a week. I got to walk him through the typical routine of an academic anesthesiologist: discussing cases with a couple of residents, attending morning conference, meeting the patients and preparing them for their anesthetics, reviewing plans with the surgeons, transporting to the O.R., my usual pre-induction patter, the bustle of starting a couple of uneventful cases, a little bit of on-the-fly teaching, and then a pause for breath while the residents settled down to monitoring and chart work. Paul and I were out in the hall chatting with Dr. Allan Klock – coincidentally, a senior member of the Society for Airway Management – when a nurse called us to come quickly into a neighboring O.R. There we found a concerned surgeon and a very concerned nurse anesthetist struggling with a freshly extubated ENT patient who was doing poorly with his post-extubation laryngospasm – desaturated and becoming bradycardic. Allan and I took over the mask airway, administered succinylcholine and atropine, reintubated the patient and got the situation back in hand.
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