Patient safety education in anesthesia: Current state and future directions

Monica W. Harbell, Emily Methangkool

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Purpose of review Although patient safety is a core component of education in anesthesiology, approaches to implementation of education programs are less well defined. The goal of this review is to describe the current state of education in anesthesia patient safety and the ideal patient safety curriculum. Recent findings Anesthesiology has been a pioneer in patient safety for decades, with efforts amongst national organizations, such as the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation to disseminate key standards and guidelines in patient safety. However, few, if any strategies for implementation of a patient safety curriculum in anesthesiology exist. Summary Patient safety education is crucial to the field of anesthesiology, particularly with the advancement of surgical and anesthesia technologies and increasing complexity of patients and procedures. The ideal patient safety curriculum in anesthesiology consists of simulation, adverse event investigation and analysis, and participation in process improvement. Efforts in education must adapt with changing technology, shifts in the way anesthesia care is delivered, and threats to physician wellness. Future efforts in education should harness emerging platforms, such as social media, podcasts, and wikis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)720-725
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021


  • Burnout
  • Medical education
  • Patient safety
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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