October 21

Pierce Lecture: Improving patient safety

A founding father of the patient safety movement, Robert K. Stoelting, M.D., will review the origins of the movement, discuss why it is still relevant and examine today’s challenges and steps needed to improve safety when he presents the Pierce Lecture.

Measuring performance a key to reimbursement

With national health expenditures topping $3.35 trillion in 2016, the U.S. leads the world in health care costs, yet is just 26th in the world for life expectancy and ranks poorly on other quality of life indicators.

Using preoperative clinics to improve outcomes

Anesthesiologists are expanding their perioperative role to improve patient care. A Saturday session will explore how they can establish preoperative clinics to proactively manage complex medical problems that contribute to risk in the operating room.

What are you most looking forward to at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017?

“I am looking to learn about upgrades in technology, the Perioperative Surgical Home and corresponding with colleagues as I get closer to retirement.”

Dec. 31 is the deadline to claim CME credits

Due to new reporting requirements, all credits for live meetings now must be claimed in the calendar year in which the meeting took place. That means that your credits from ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 must be claimed by midnight on Dec. 31, 2017.

Recovering from total knee arthroplasty

Joint technology and aging baby boomers are driving the surge in knee replacement surgery. Speakers at a Saturday session will explore how following Perioperative Surgical Home processes can expedite recovery and improve outcomes for patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty.

New approaches to pain management

New classes of opioids, combinations of long-acting local anesthetics and analgesics, and pain monitors are being used to improve pain management. They will be examined in three presentations during a Saturday education session.

Using epidural analgesia in infants

Pain management in sick infants poses a challenge when the options all seem to have significant risks. Using continuous epidural analgesia is a consideration that will be explored Sunday during a Problem-Based Learning Discussion.

Customized simulation key in retraining anesthesiologists

Simulation has become a popular and effective method of assessing the competency of anesthesiologists returning to practice after time off. It also is used to assess the skills of physicians whose professionalism is in question. An Anesthesiology 2017 Self-Study course explains how to develop a retraining simulator program.

Director of ‘The Checklist Effect’ opens up about award-winning surgical/anesthesia documentary

On Sunday, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 attendees are invited to attend a reception and screening of “The Checklist Effect,” which features this year’s meeting keynote speaker and Lifebox chair Atul Gawande, M.D.