According to the CDC, pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. have steadily grown from 7.2 deaths in 1987 to 18 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014. Severe maternal morbidity has also increased, affecting over 50,000 women a year. In many cases, major maternal morbidity and mortality may be preventable.
“Culture of safety” is the latest jargon for what we’ve always wanted in the O.R.: a cohesive and respectful team focused on the well-being of the patient. At times, we experienced and tolerated a toxic culture in O.R.s, not fully understanding that when sustained and unchecked, this toxic culture affected both patient safety and provider wellness.
During ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2018 in San Francisco, the Chinese American Society of Anesthesiology (CASA) organized a panel discussion on Saturday, October 13. ASA, Chinese Society of Anesthesiology (CSA) and CASA leadership had a face-to-face discussion on the challenging issues facing anesthesia care in the U.S. and China … the opioid crisis in the U.S., drug shortages in anesthetic care, CRNA-related issues and severe shortages of anesthesia providers in China.