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Executive Summary of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Presidential Task Force on Patient Safety in the Office Setting: Reinvigorating Safety in Office-Based Gynecologic Surgery

Erickson, Ty B. MD; Kirkpatrick, Douglas H. MD; DeFrancesco, Mark S. MD, MBA; Lawrence, Hal C. III MD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181c4f966
Current Commentary

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Presidential Task Force on Patient Safety in the Office Setting was convened to identify patient safety concerns, develop tools, and provide guidance for physicians performing invasive surgical procedures in the office setting. Physicians who serve as office medical directors have a myriad of responsibilities related to clinical and patient safety, including evaluating staff competency, encouraging office team communication, promoting patient partnership, and ensuring safety in the use of analgesia or anesthesia. Activities and tools used in the inpatient setting, such as multidisciplinary team meetings, checklists, time-outs, mock emergency drills, and measurement and reporting systems, can easily be tailored and applied to any office practice.

The goal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Presidential Task Force on Patient Safety in the Office Setting is to increase interest in incorporating patient safety in the office surgery setting.

From the Division of Practice Activities, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.

Supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.

Corresponding author: Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024; e-mail: hlawrence@acog.org.

Financial Disclosure Dr. Erickson has been a consultant for American Medical Systems (Minnetonka, MN) and MPathy Medical (Glasgow, United Kingdom). Dr. DeFrancesco is the current President of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, a voluntary position. The other authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

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