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OR-SMART

Identifying and Reducing Errors in Perioperative Anesthesia Medication Delivery (OR SMART)

The major goal of Identifying and Reducing Errors in Perioperative Anesthesia Medication Delivery (OR SMART) is to engineer reductions in anesthesia medication errors in operating rooms. This study uses a systems’ engineering approach to improve decision making, reduce procedural and technological vulnerabilities and improve the work environment and culture. A highly experienced multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, scientists and engineers is using a combination of innovative techniques to address this threat to patient safety in the most comprehensive study of anesthesia medication safety systems ever conducted.

Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

Project period: 2018 - 2021

AIM 1. Explore Solutions to Failures in Diagnosis, Selection and Prescribing of Intraoperative Anesthesia Medication.

AIM 2: Develop methods to reduce failures in the preparation, administration and recording of intraoperative anesthesia medication

AIM 3: Understand and improve workspace design and safety culture to influences anesthesia medication selection and delivery.