ASA Stalwart in Unresponsiveness to Patient Safety & Satisfaction Record Challenge
The ink was not dry on the Outpatient Surgery Magazine (OSM) article entitled 'Can surgery centers profit from anesthesia?' (
"The ASA has been passive aggressive and unresponsive to my
Disclaimer: Dr. Friedberg had no financial interest in the Nellcor, maker of the first commercially successful pulse oximeter.
"When the pulse oximeters became available in 1983, I insisted my hospital get them for every anesthetizing location. I am ashamed to admit that I remained a member of that group for the inglorious period from 1983 to 1990 while they dawdled over whether or not to make the ability to know the oxygen status of every patient, on a beat-by-beat basis during surgery, a requirement for the safe administration of anesthesia. I was surprised there was no material containing the debate over this patient safety monitor when I searched the ASA Newsletter on their web site during that time frame. During that time I was still a member and recall reading the debates on the subject the Newsletter I got in the mail," he says.
"Like people, organizations tend to prioritize their efforts and activities according to their importance. Observing the ASA's rapid response to the OSM article compared to their unresponsiveness to the challenge to defend their record, it is not unreasonable to conclude that their claim to be in the never ending pursuit of patient safety and satisfaction is not their primary agenda," states Dr. Friedberg.
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