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Friday, October 14, 2011

Anesthesia Quality Institute Activates First Nationwide System to Collect Anesthesia Data to Improve Patient Safety

The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) has activated the first nationwide system to collect individual adverse events from anesthesia, pain management and perioperative care.

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Monday, October 03, 2011

American Society of Anesthesiologists Joins Sharecare as New Content Collaborator to Educate Patients About Anesthesia

Sharecare announced today that the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has joined their robust network of experts to help answer patient questions about anesthesia experiences.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

American Society of Anesthesiologists Releases Statement Related to Media Inquiries Regarding Michael Jackson’s Death and the Trial of Dr. Conrad Murray

In response to media inquiries regarding propofol reportedly found at the scene of Michael Jackson’s death and now being discussed at Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial, the American Society of Anesthesiologists releases the following statement...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Surgical Information Systems (SIS) Becomes a Corporate Supporter of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Surgical Information Systems (SIS) has become an Industry Supporter of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), as a part of a Corporate Supporter program available to pharmaceutical, medical device, anesthesia information management system and practice management companies.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Statement from the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists in Response to Governor Snyder’s Health & Wellness Announcement

MSA applauds Governor Rick Snyder for his efforts to put Michigan on the path toward a healthier future.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

American Society of Anesthesiologists Provides Anesthesia Information Resources for Patients in Social Media

The American Society of Anesthesiologists launched a new video today on its YouTube channel that highlights the need for responsible use of pain medication and proper disposal of the drugs.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New Public Education Campaign on Anesthesia Launches in Response to High Rates of Illness and Disease in Michigan

Thanks to a new public education campaign launched today by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA), patients in Michigan are one step closer to putting their mind at ease about surgical procedures and the associated risks of anesthesia.

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Survey Reveals 90 Percent of Anesthesiologists Experiencing Drug Shortages of Anesthetics

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced the findings from its nationwide Drug Shortages Survey. Results showed that more than 90 percent of anesthesiologist respondents are currently experiencing a shortage of at least one anesthetic.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

PharMEDium Becomes a Corporate Supporter of ASA

PharMEDium Healthcare Corporation has become an Industry Supporter of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), as a part of a new Corporate Supporter program available to pharmaceutical, medical device and practice management companies.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

ASA Nominee Receives AMA Award for International Health

Chicago physician Kathleen Casey, M.D., FACS, today received an AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

ASA Member Recognized for Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research

ASA member and Veterans Health Administration employee David M. Gaba, M.D., was recently named one of the first two recipients to earn the Under Secretary for Health’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

ASA Statement on Sodium Thiopental’s Removal From the Market

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and its members are extremely troubled to learn that the anesthetic drug, sodium thiopental (Pentothal®), will no longer be available to patients in the United States due to the unfortunate circumstances in Italy that led the sole manufacturer, Hospira, to cease production of the drug.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

ASA Member Recognized for Continuous Contributions to Patient Safety

ASA patient safety pioneer and long-time member, John H. Eichhorn, M.D., has been selected by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the Joint Commission as the 2010 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award recipient.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Vital Health Report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Finds Americans Fear the Quality of Their Healthcare is on the Decline

The third installment of the survey finds that Americans expect the patient experience to deteriorate as a result of changes to the U.S. healthcare system.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

American Society of Anesthesiologists Helps Parents Reduce Surgery-Related Complications in Obese Children

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is taking action to educate parents about the increased risk of complications faced by obese children undergoing anesthesia.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

ASA Responds to Deficit Commission Draft Plan

The ASA applauds the efforts of the Deficit Commission to address the mounting federal deficit by seeking broad-based changes in federal expenditures and revenues.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Drug Shortage Summit Statement

Four leading health care groups co-convened a Drug Shortages Summit on Friday, November 5 in Bethesda, MD, including representatives from the FDA, generic drug manufacturers, drug wholesalers and representatives from the co-convening organizations.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

First Anesthesiologist Elected to Congress

Andy Harris, M.D. an obstetric anesthesiologist from Maryland became the first anesthesiologist ever elected to the U.S. Congress.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

ASA Supports DEA Proposal to Schedule Propofol

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) supports The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) proposal to place the commonly used anesthetic drug propofol into schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Denham S. Ward, M.D., Ph.D., Named Next President of Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research

The Board of Directors of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) named Denham S. Ward, M.D., Ph.D, as successor for long-time President, Alan D. Sessler, M.D. Dr. Ward will begin his term as President in 2011.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Health Care Organizations Team Up to Address Nation's Drug Shortages Problems

Four leading health care groups will meet next month to develop a coordinated effort to address the critical issue of drug shortages.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mark A. Warner, M.D., Installed as President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Mark A. Warner, M.D. was installed today as President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) during the organization’s Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

James E. Cottrell, M.D., Honored with the American Society of Anesthesiologists Elite Distinguished Service Award

In recognition of exemplary service, James E. Cottrell, M.D. today received the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Distinguished Service Award during the organization’s Annual Meeting.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Pioneer in Patient Safety, Kevin K. Tremper, M.D., Ph.D., to Give Rovenstine Lecture at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Member, Kevin K. Tremper, Ph.D., M.D. will deliver the Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture at the ASA Annual Meeting, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010, October 18 in San Diego.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

The American Society of Anesthesiologists to Honor the United States Military at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) will salute its military members as well as all U.S. service members and their families during the Society’s 2010 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, October 16 – 20.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Colorado Opts Out of the Federal Physician Supervision Requirement

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) expressed its grave disappointment with the election-year decision of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to exempt his state from Medicare’s longstanding patient safety standard providing for physician oversight of anesthesia services. This decision replaces physicians with nurses.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ASA Responds to Negative New York Times Editorial

ASA's formal response to the New York Times editorial received top-placement in the Sunday print version of the New York Times.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

RAND Corporation Study Anticipates Higher Demand for Anesthesiologists as Americans Grow Older

A recent study from the RAND Corporation, one of the country’s most trusted analytic organizations, finds a current shortage of 3,800 anesthesiologists and 1,282 nurse anesthetists.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

ASA Statement Regarding AANA-Sponsored Paper Published in Health Affairs, August 2010

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) - sponsored paper published in the August 2010 issue of Health Affairs, titled "No Harm Found When Nurse Anesthetists Work Without Supervision By Physicians," is an advocacy manifesto masquerading as science and does a disservice to the public.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Vital Health Report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Finds Anxiety about Undergoing Anesthesia May Lead One in Four Patients to Postpone Surgery

Lack of understanding and apprehension about anesthesia may lead as many as one in four patients to postpone surgery according to the Vital Health Report, a quarterly health survey of Americans released today...

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

American Society of Anesthesiologists Helps Parents Identify Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse in Children

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has developed information to help parents recognize the signs of Robo tripping and to prevent overdose and longer-term health complications.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Coalition of Medical Societies Supports ‘The Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010’

11 of the leading medical societies in the country joined together today to publicly support the introduction of the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Report by American Society of Anesthesiologists Shows Americans Put Their Health at Risk by Overlooking Underlying Vital Health Measures

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today released results from the inaugural Vital Health Report, which demonstrate that Americans associate good health with lifestyle behaviors and habits, but overlook their key Vital Health measures...

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ASA Commemorates Doctors Day 2010

The American Society of Anesthesiologists joins communities across the United States today to recognize Doctors Day 2010, a day with a special tie to anesthesiology.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

American Society of Anesthesiologists Urges Patients to Ask the Right Questions When Considering Traveling Internationally for Surgery

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is urging those considering traveling internationally for medical care to educate themselves, and take the necessary precautions to avoid unexpected complications.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

ASA Members Receive AMA Foundation Award

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Foundation recently honored two ASA members, Brooke Albright, MD and Timothy J. Beacham, MD, for their outstanding leadership in medicine.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Looking for a Quick Surgical Fix? Anesthesiologists Caution Patients to Research Anesthetic Requirements, Providers and Surgical Facilities Before Going Under the Knife

The American Society of Anesthesiologists would like to remind patients to do cautious and completely thorough research before signing up for any elective medical procedures in office-based, or ambulatory medical facilities.

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