None of us probably question whether what we do for patients in the operating room has value. In fact, most surgeries would not be possible right now if it weren’t for the advent of anesthesia. The quality of our services, however, is somewhat hard to pin down. How would you compare one anesthesiologist to another anesthesiologist? Does the difference in providers change outcomes? Is it even fair to really compare two separate providers since there is so many factors that affect outcomes perioperatively.
In steps Dr. Rick Dutton. Who better to try to scratch the surface of such a challenging question than the Chief Quality Officer for the United States Anesthesia Partners. Rick has also served as the Chief Quality Officer for the ASA with the AQI, the Director of Trauma Anesthesiology at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, and the United States Navy. Hopefully you find his contribution just as interesting as I did.