Features  |   August 2013
Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) Update
Author Affiliations
  • Alan P. Marco, M.D., MMM, FACPE
    SAMBA President
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Ambulatory Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   August 2013
Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) Update
ASA Monitor 08 2013, Vol.77, 28-29.
ASA Monitor 08 2013, Vol.77, 28-29.
Here’s a question from the new Self Analysis for Medical Breadwinners in Anesthesiology certification exam:
Not only is the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) dedicated to advancing the practice of ambulatory anesthesia, it also is engaged in fostering and encouraging education and research and providing professional guidance for the practice of ambulatory anesthesia. While we have overlap with our colleagues at ASA, we are truly an organization that complements ASA and other subspecialties and brings a unique perspective and focus.
A major thrust of SAMBA’s strategic plan is the SAMBA Clinical Outcomes Registry (SCOR) project. While there are several registry efforts being undertaken across the country, what distinguishes SCOR from the others is its focus on ambulatory anesthesia. Utilizing a structured reporting tool, this database gets information from participants with the goal of generating new insights in patient care as well as benchmarking opportunities for its participants. At the recent SAMBA Annual Meeting, one award-winning abstract looked at the number of anti-emetic therapies needed for optimal postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) management and concluded that we should administer one more therapy than the number of Apfel criteria. This is a fine example of the power of databases such as SCOR to help define “best practices.” SAMBA hopes that participants in SCOR will use their own benchmarked data to demonstrate their value to purchasers and improve their ability to market themselves in the ever-increasingly value-driven health care environment. Improvements in SCOR’s ability to receive data include the rollout of optical character recognition (OCR) forms that will simplify data collection and decrease data entry costs for those who do not have access to electron anesthesia information systems.
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