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The official podcast of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) is hosted by Alli Bechtel, MD, featuring the latest information and news in perioperative and anesthesia patient safety. The APSF podcast is intended for anesthesiologists, anesthetists, clinicians and other professionals with an interest in anesthesiology, and patient safety advocates around the world.

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Podcast delivers the best of the APSF Newsletter and website directly to you, so you can listen on the go! This includes some of the most important COVID-19 information on airway management, ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE), drug information, and elective surgery recommendations.

Don't forget to check out APSF.org for the show notes that accompany each episode, and email us at podcast@APSF.org with your suggestions for future episodes. Visit us at APSF.org/podcast and at @APSForg on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Can the simple act of changing medication packaging save lives? On this week's Anesthesia Patient Safety Podcast, we uncover the alarming truth about the recurrent and devastating error of inadvertent intrathecal tranexamic acid administration. This episode is a continuation of last week's urgent discussion, featuring insights from Elizabeth Rebello and colleagues, who stress system-focused solutions over human-reliant measures to tackle this critical patient safety issue.We dissect the human...
Join us on the Anesthesia Patient Safety Podcast as we confront a critical patient safety issue: the recurring wrong drug, wrong route errors involving Tranexamic acid (TXA) and Bupivacaine. Elizabeth Rebello, an anesthesiologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, sheds light on this alarming trend where lookalike vials lead to catastrophic outcomes, including paralysis and death. Learn why this issue demands urgent action and the steps that are essential for anesthesia pro...
Unlock the secrets of enhancing perioperative patient safety with insights from experts in anesthesiology and critical care. Join us as we welcome Dr. Debnath Chatterjee, the editor-in-chief of OpenAnesthesia, who sheds light on the incredible educational resources available on the platform. From peer-reviewed mini-reviews to engaging podcasts and vodcasts, discover how OpenAnesthesia is making a global impact, benefiting both trainees and seasoned clinicians.We are excited to share one of th...
Unlock the essential strategies for ensuring patient safety during anesthesia in the prone position! On this episode, host Alli Bechtel welcomes Taizoon Dhoon, an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, who shares his expertise from his recent article in the APSF newsletter. Dhoon sheds light on the often-overlooked risks of prone positioning, detailing the physiological changes and positioning injuries that can arise. This discussion is a treasure trove of knowledge for ...
What if the prone position during anesthesia is more hazardous than you think? Equip yourself with crucial knowledge about the overlooked risks and physiologic changes associated with prone positioning during surgery and procedures. This episode uncovers the some of the dangers such as peripheral nerve injuries, postoperative vision loss, and significant hemodynamic shifts that can endanger patient safety. Our discussion illuminates the necessity for anesthesia professionals to maintain heigh...
Ever wondered about the underappredicated dangers of prone positioning during surgery? Join me, Alli Bechtel, as we navigate the complexities and risks of managing patients in this critical position. From pressure-related injuries to the eyes, nose, and shoulders, to nerve ischemia and shoulder dislocations, we'll cover it all. In this episode, inspired by Taizoon Dhoon and colleagues' article "The Underappreciated Dangers of the Prone Position," we’ll dissect the physiologic changes that can...
Discover the essential elements of a high-functioning anesthesia care team with our special guest Matthew Sherrer from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In an episode that could redefine your understanding of teamwork in healthcare, we delve into the phenomenon of 'trust fractures' and their profound impact on patient safety. The authors offer rich insights from his experience, drawing striking parallels between aviation disasters like Korean Air Flight 801 and the critical importance ...
Discover how mastering situational awareness can revolutionize your approach to perioperative patient safety in our latest podcast episode. We are joined by David Tscholl, an esteemed anesthesiologist and researcher from the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland who unveils critical findings from recent studies in this February 2024 APSF newsletter article. The shocking revelation that 80% of adverse events in anesthesia and critical care are due to errors in situational awareness unders...
Embark on a journey through the interplay of teamwork, civility, and patient safety with our esteemed guests, Matt Sherrer and Mitch Tsai from the Fresh Flow podcast, and emergency medicine savant Chris Turner. The conversation navigates the treacherous waters of workforce shortages and academic anesthesiology pressures, unearthing strategies to foster a thriving professional climate where mutual respect reigns supreme.Feel the pulse of our professional interactions as we delve into rep...
Ever found yourself grappling with the complexities of peripheral nerve blocks and patient safety? This episode is a treasure trove of insights as we unpack the February 2024 APSF newsletter article by the esteemed trio Christina Ratto, Joseph Szokol, and Paul Lee, shedding light on the crucial precautions necessary for regional anesthesia procedures. Get ready for an enriching conversation with Paul Lee, Division Chief of Regional Anesthesia and Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.Can peripheral nerve blocks be the answer to improving patient satisfaction and joining the fight against the opioid crisis? Christina Ratto joins us for our milestone 200th episode to share her invaluable insights on this very question. We celebrate the world of regional anesthesia with important considerations f...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.We are talking about the anesthesia patient safety implications of non-surgical cosmetic enhancements including permanent jewelry, nail polish, and gel manicures. It is vital for anesthesia professionals to perform a complete and sensitive preoperative assessment, provide information about potential adverse events...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.We are turning the page in the February 2024 APSF Newsletter to discuss non-surgical cosmetic enhancements and anesthesia patient safety implications. Today, we are reviewing the considerations for neurotoxin injections, such as Botox, eyelash extensions, and oral and facial piercings for Part 1 of our 2-Part seri...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.We are diving into the February 2024 APSF Newsletter with the Q&A article about post-alcohol consumption and cognitive performance. The aviation industry has recommendations for pilots and this is something that anesthesia societies and professionals need to consider to help determine the time from glass to ma...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.Tune in today as we continue our coverage of the International Conference on Anesthesia Patient Safety 2024. Our highlights on the show include anesthesia for an aging society and perioperative brain health, communication and lucky breaks, acute pain management, and opioid stewardship. This is our fifth and final ...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.Tune in today as we continue our coverage of the International Conference on Anesthesia Patient Safety 2024. Our highlights today include expectations for anesthesia professionals through the lens of regional strategies in Japan, the JSA and ASA approach, from a global perspective, a surgeon’s perspective, and a p...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.Tune in today as we continue our coverage of the International Conference on Anesthesia Patient Safety 2024. We are discussing Anesthesia Professionals’ Role in the Perioperative Care Environment with talks that focus on anesthesia patient safety in Japan and Korea, medication safety, and ideal perioperative manag...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.We are highlighting the impact of single-use, disposable products during anesthesia care on patient safety, the environment, and the checkbook. Making the switch to reusable devices can make a big difference with decreased environmental impact and cost while maintaining patient safety and supply availability. Our ...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.Today, we are highlighting the impact of single-use, disposable products during anesthesia care on patient safety, the environment, and the checkbook. Making the switch to reusable devices can make a big difference with decreased environmental impact and cost while maintaining patient safety and supply availabilit...
Welcome to the next installment of the Anesthesia Patient Safety podcast hosted by Alli Bechtel. This podcast is an exciting journey towards improved anesthesia patient safety.Tune in today as we continue our coverage of the International Conference on Anesthesia Patient Safety 2024. Our highlights today include lessons learned from the Covid-19 Pandemic and an International Table Discussion on Non-Operating Room Anesthesia Patient Safety. We are challenging the notions of ‘It’s just a ...
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