Features  |   March 2019
Promoting a Culture of Safety in the ASA Guide to Anesthesia Department Administration
Author Affiliations
  • Richard P. Dutton, M.D., M.B.A., FASA
    Committee on Quality Management & Departmental Administration
  • Aalok V. Agarwala, M.D., M.B.A.
    Committee on Quality Management & Departmental Administration
  • John W. Allyn, M.D.
    Committee on Quality Management & Departmental Administration
  • Lois A. Connolly, M.D., FASA
    Chair, Committee on Quality Management & Departmental Administration
Article Information
Patient Safety / Features
Features   |   March 2019
Promoting a Culture of Safety in the ASA Guide to Anesthesia Department Administration
ASA Monitor 3 2019, Vol.83, 20-21.
ASA Monitor 3 2019, Vol.83, 20-21.
In the perioperative setting, “Culture of Safety” describes a fully empowered and smoothly functioning team committed to the best possible outcomes for the patient and for the team members themselves. While hard to put into discrete language, an O.R. with a positive safety culture is the one in which we all want to work and certainly the one expected by our patients. The ASA Guide to Anesthesia Department Administration (GADA), published in late 2018 and available at www.asahq.org/quality-and-practice-management/quality-improvement/qmda-regulatory-toolkit/guide-to-anesthesia-department-administration, includes a series of items created to help anesthesia groups understand and improve the culture of safety in their departments and institutions.
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