Part 1: Improving Patient Safety Through Collaboration & Engagement: The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation's (APSF) 2019 Patient Safety Priorities

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Class A Credits: 0.75

Format: Video

Run time: 42 mins

Course Launch Date: 11/3/20

Course Expires: 11/2/23

CRNAs play an important role in patient safety.  However, staying current with new patient safety risks and initiatives can be challenging.  Therefore, the proposed lecture will improve attendees’ ability to serve as patient safety advocates by highlighting APSF’s patient safety priorities  Upon completion of this lecture, attendees will understand, value and gain an understanding implementation strategies for promoting patient safety for patients undergoing surgery and anesthesia.  The content from this discussion will enable attendees to serve as the best patient safety advocates possible, with the goal that one day “no patient shall be harmed under anesthesia.”

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.


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  • Identify the 12 APSF patient safety priorities that are considered contributors to patient safety issues in the operating room.
  • Define the problem these topics pose for patient care.
  • Describe potential strategies effective in the mitigation of the patient safety issues described in this lecture.

Maria van Pelt, PhD, CRNA

Nurse Anesthesia Program Director - Northeastern University

Maria van Pelt, PhD, CRNA, FAAN is a Dean, School of Nursing/Associate Dean, Bouve College of Health Sciences and Clinical Professor at Northeastern University, and a practicing CRNA at Mass General Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. van Pelt is widely regarded as an expert, scholar, and leader in patient safety. Her seminal impact has been through national and international advancement of the healthcare profession through advocacy, education research, and policy development related to clinician peer support and wellness. 



Mark Warner, MD

President, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

Dr. Mark Warner received his undergraduate degree from Miami (Ohio) University in 1976, his MD degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1979, and his subsequent training n anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic.  He is currently the Annenberg Professor in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic and emeritus Executive Dean of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.  Mark has served as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, the physician leader of Mayo’s hospitals, and a member of Mayo’s Board of Governors.  Dr. Warner currently serves as the President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.


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