24-year-old dies after wisdom teeth surgery

Written by john on April 4th, 2013

A family is asking questions after a 24-year-old man died following an oral surgeon’s operation to remove his wisdom teeth late last month.

Marek Lapinski, of Murrieta, Calif., went into cardiac arrest during the common surgery, according to medical records provided by a friend of the family.

Lapinski died three days after the March 21 surgery at a clinic run by Dr. Steven Paul in Temecula, Calif.

Thomas Keiser, the friend of Lapinski’s family, called the death a “senseless tragedy.”


ISOBS Winter 2013 Newsletter

Written by john on January 16th, 2013

Winter 2013 newsletter ISOBS update available here and as a pdf for download


ISOBS and AORN announce partnership, collaboration to improve office safety

Written by john on January 16th, 2013

ISOBS is excited to announce its partnership with and endorsement of the Safety Checklist for Office-Based Surgery and the Patient’s Checklist for Office-Based Procedures from the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). The mission of AORN, “is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. AORN will collaborate with professional and regulatory organizations, industry leaders, and other health care partners.” Their mission dovetails perfectly with that of ISOBS. Deborah Spratt, RN has graciously accepted our invitation to join the ISOBS Board of Directors. Stay tuned for our first ISOBS/AORN projects: an office based nursing survey and an introductory article in the Patient Safety Column in the Journal of AORN.


3rd Annual ISOBS Award Reception held in Washington, D.C. at The American Society of Anesthesiologists

Written by john on December 22nd, 2012

ISOBS honored Drs. Richard P. Dutton and Jerry A. Cohen for their contributions to patient safety.

From left: Drs. Richard Urman, Jerry Cohen, Richard P. Dutton, and Fred Shapiro

Watch the video presented at our 3rd Annual Reception held in Washington DC on October 12, 2012, honoring Drs. Richard P. Dutton and Jerry A. Cohen for their contributions to patient safety.


ISOBS Research in Anesthesiology News

Written by john on December 3rd, 2012

A checklist designed for an office-based plastic surgery practice improved documentation of key safety measures, researchers have found. Read more here or view the article as a .pdf

Effect of an Office-Based Surgical Safety System on Patient Outcomes research paper (as .pdf)


Office-Based Surgical Safety Checklist Improves Rates of Key Patient Safety Indicators & Outcomes

Written by john on October 10th, 2012

click image for poster presentation (will open in new window)


Creating a Culture of Safety

Written by john on October 9th, 2012

by Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, and Fred E. Shapiro, DO

In recent years, the economic realities of health care reimbursement and a growing consumer demand have led to a paradigm shift in the way health care is delivered: from in-hospital settings to outpatient facilities and offices. The office setting offers improved provider and patient access, convenience, cost-savings, and often is not subject to the same local, state or federal regulations as the hospital or ASC facility. However, safety and quality need special attention in the office surgery setting.


Improving Patient Safety in the Office

Written by john on October 5th, 2012

by Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, and Fred E. Shapiro, DO

Economic realities of health care reimbursement and growing consumer demand have shifted health care delivery: from in-hospital to outpatient settings, and recently to physicians’ offices. The number of offices, patients, variety, and complexity of procedures continues to increase with 12 million office-based procedures performed in 2009. This is due to decreased cost and improved provider patient access and convenience, without regulations similar to those at hospitals or ASCs (Ambulatory Surgical Centers) Office personnel often are not prepared for complications. An increased incidence of adverse events in office-based surgery has caught the public’s attention due to highly publicized fatalities, such as the death of Kanye West’s mother and of young, healthy patients undergoing routine procedures.


ISOBS held an awards reception on October 14, 2011 in Chicago, IL.

Written by john on December 9th, 2011

The Institute honored Dr Atul Gawande, a surgeon, and Dr. Mark A. Warner, an anesthesiologist, for their contributions and dedication to patient safety. Over 150 guests attended the reception.

A video of the event is available here:  ISOBS Awards Reception 2011


Office-Based Surgery Center Licensing Examined in N.J.

Written by john on November 28th, 2011

This Just In from Outpatient Surgery:
Office-Based Surgery Center Licensing Examined in N.J.Single-room, office-based surgical practices would face the same licensing standards as hospitals and ASCs do under a bill currently being considered by the New Jersey Assembly.Read the full story at http://www.outpatientsurgery.net/news/2011/11/30-Office-Based-Surgery-Center-Licensing-Examined-in-N-J