Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

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Opening Session Featuring Periopeartive Surgical Home Leaders

October 17, 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational research and scientific association of physicians, organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. The ASA hosts an annual meeting which is a premier anesthesiology educational event in the world. The ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting was held October 11-15 in New Orleans. More than 15,000 attendees from over 90 countries gather to learn about the latest bench and clinical science, technology and ground-breaking advances in anesthesiology. The wide spectrum of topics, international focus and the industry professionals representing every facet of the anesthesiology-related health care industry assembled in one place, at one time. With more than 500 educational sessions across 10 dedicated learning tracks, including subspecialty and international panel discussions, there is truly something for everyone at this annual meeting.

Dr. Kain presentingZeev N. Kain, MD, MBA, Chair of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care and Associate Dean for Clinical Operations at UC Irvine Health spoke in front of more than 5,000 attendees at this year’s Opening Session. Dr. Kain has been a leading figure in the implementation of the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care throughout the U.S. over the past two years and has published widely on this topic.

Along with other leaders of PSH, Dr. Kain tell us why the PSH is critical to our future and how it’s already helping to shape health care. According to Dr. Kain, “the Perioperative Surgical Home is a multi-disciplinary, integrated clinical care model that aims to transform the way surgical care is delivered by enhancing clinical outcomes, improving the service to our patients and reducing costs.” “The underlying tenant of the PSH, the bedrock the model is built on, is better coordination of care throughout the entire perioperative continuum, from the minute the surgeon and the patient decide a procedure is needed, until 30-days after discharge,” said Dr. Kain. Further, he adds that standardization of care and reducing system-related variability in that care are the keystones that hold this foundation together. Dr. Kain shared the story of how his institution embraced the tenets of the PSH model – and in less than a year produced measurable improvements in outcomes.

There were more than 15 presentations about the PSH concept and our department was well represented with seven of those presentations. All PSH sessions were geared towards informing others about the concept of PSH, the different aspects - preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative, how they can be more involved, and how they can go about setting up a PSH in their own organization.