Fundamentals of Patient Safety 2021


Updated content! Fundamentals of Patient Safety 2021 is an interactive, online CME course covering patient safety principles, reinforced with anesthesia-specific scenarios and examples. Case studies, quizzes and exercises provide ample opportunity to apply patient safety concepts to the practice of anesthesiology.

Topics covered include: epidemiology, safety culture, communicating effectively with patients and second victims, interprofessional communication, error analysis and prevention, strategies for implementing reliable systems, and medication error prevention.

Target Audience

All members of the anesthesia care team.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the magnitude and impact of errors in anesthesiology patient care.
  • Identify factors and barriers that affect communication between healthcare professionals and patients.
  • List patient safety terms and concepts associated with preventing and analyzing errors.
  • State the beliefs, attitudes and characteristics that are necessary when establishing and sustaining a safety culture.
  • Prepare drug error prevention strategies to medication processes in the perioperative setting.

Additional Information

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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L. Jane Easdown, MD, FRCPC

Deborah Schwengel, MD, MEHP

Keith J. Ruskin, MD, FASA

Alexander Arriaga, MD, MPH, ScD

Jeffrey A. Green, MD, MSHA, FASA

Scott C. Watkins, MD

Jonathan B. Cohen, MD, MS, FCCP, CPPS

The American Society of Anesthesiologists remains strongly committed to providing the best available evidence-based clinical information to participants of this educational activity and requires an open disclosure of any potential conflict of interest identified by our faculty members. It is not the intent of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to eliminate all situations of potential conflict of interest, but rather to enable those who are working with the American Society of Anesthesiologists to recognize situations that may be subject to question by others. All disclosed conflicts of interest are reviewed by the educational activity course director/chair to ensure that such situations are properly evaluated and, if necessary, resolved. The American Society of Anesthesiologists educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all American Society of Anesthesiologists activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relationships will be made available for all educational activities.

Disclosures: Alexander Arriaga, MD has disclosed funded research (self) with the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation/Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research and honoraria with the American Board of Anesthesiology (self). Jeffrey Green, MD, MSHA, FASA has disclosed consulting fees (self) and honoraria (self) with Medtronic and honoraria (self) with the American Board of Anesthesiology. Scott Watkins, MD has disclosed funded research (self) from Pfizer. All other authors, editors and staff have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this [learning format] for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of the American Board of Anesthesiology®. MOCA 2.0® is a trademark of the American Board of Anesthesiology®.

This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

ACHE Accreditation
ASA is authorized to award (10) hour of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select “My Education Credit” to log hours earned. THIS CREDIT VALID FOR ACHE MEMBERS ONLY.

For information on other accreditations, contact ASA Member Services at (847) 825-5586.

Available Credit

  • 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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