Anesthesia Practice Management Blogs

CCI Institute for Excellence: Medication Mismanagement Issues in Anesthesia Care

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

Medication and controlled substance management is a core premise of anesthesia care. Even though new technological advancements have made it harder for drug abuse, drug diversion, dosing errors, labeling errors and other issues to become problems, it is still up to anesthesia providers to remain vigilant in preventing medication mismanagement. Understanding the most common issues…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: Foundations of Perioperative Leadership

By CCI Anesthesia

The delivery of quality anesthesia care involves much more than anesthetizing patients. Anesthesiologists and CRNAs are part of perioperative teams working together to achieve safe, productive and efficient work environments. Effective leadership is critical to the success of an anesthesia department. At CCI Anesthesia, our goal is to develop anesthesia leaders who go above and…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: Non-English Informed Consent Forms

By CCI Anesthesia

The purpose of informed consent forms (not to be confused with provider attestation forms) is to ensure the patient clearly understands the risks, benefits, alternatives, risks of alternatives, and, in some form, the likelihood of success. These items are present in the Joint Commission standards, but aside from the standards, the intent of informed consent…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: Tips for Effective Department Meetings

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

Routine meetings in any department are imperative in order to function as a team and perform at an optimal level. The effective use of meetings is especially important when the department exists within a high-stress, fast-paced environment, as the Anesthesia Department does in the Operating Room (OR). Although the anesthesia service is not technically a…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: Controlled Substance Management

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D. Controlled substance management has always been a challenge for an anesthesia practice. Turnover is rapid by demand, and occasionally documentation of controlled substance use does not receive the priority that is required.  The consequences of inaccurate documentation can be devastating. The result of poor documentation can be accusations of diversion,…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: NPSG Requirements for Labeling of Syringes

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D. The requirement for the labeling of syringes became part of Joint Commission surveys as one of the National Patient Safety Goals 3. The reason for this NPSG is related to the number of avoidable events that have harmed patients. One recent case involved CRNA #1 preparing medication for CRNA #2.…

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