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Take 5 for the John M. Eisenberg Award: NAPA

We’re celebrating the 2022 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award recipients in this special Take 5 series. These awards recognize major achievements to improve patient safety and healthcare quality. There are three recipients each year: for an individual; an organization impacting quality care at a national level; and an organization impacting quality care at a local level.


In this episode, we are joined by John F. Di Capua, MD, Chief Executive Officer, and Leo Penzi, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, from North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA).


NAPA received the Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the National Level for its Anesthesia Risk Alert program. The program implemented specific mitigation strategies targeting five high-risk clinical scenarios: known or suspected difficult airway, a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 45, pulmonary hypertension, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) status 4 or 5, and operating room (OR) fire risk. Each patient is assessed by the anesthesia clinician, and if a risk is identified, the specific mitigation strategy for that scenario is advised to prevent harm. [21:56]


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