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AM Highlights 2012 - Fifty Facts in Fifty Minutes - An Update From the Anesthesia Quality Institute

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Course Fee
Member price: $21.00
Non-member price: $28.00

This course is a part of Annual Meeting Highlights 2012

Course Description

THIS IS AN ONLINE ACTIVITY. Hard copies are not available.

Member price: $21.00, Non-member price: $28.00

This session will be an update by the Executive Director on the current status of the Anesthesia Quality Institute and the registries it maintains. Aggregate national data in NACOR will be presented to provide an overview of the practice of anesthesiology in America, in terms of anesthesiologists, groups, surgical cases, patients and outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

1) Review the current dimensions of the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry;
2) Recognize basic demographic facts regarding anesthesiology in the United States;
3) Apply AQI data to local quality management

Faculty & Credentials:

Richard P. Dutton, M.D., M.B.A..
Anesthesia Quality Institute, Park Ridge, IL, USA.

Richard P. Dutton, MD, MBA, is the founding Executive Director of the Anesthesia Quality Institute.  The AQI is a non-profit organization of the ASA which promotes the improvement of patient care in anesthesiology.  The AQI maintains the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry and the Anesthesia Incident Reporting System.  Aggregated data in the Registries is used to create educational materials, quality management benchmarking reports, academic papers, comparative effectiveness research, and reports for ASA officers and committees. 

Dr. Dutton earned his B.A. from Harvard University in 1983, his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1987, and an M.B.A. at the University of Maryland in 2001.  He completed residency in anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 1991 and then served as an attending anesthesiologist at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  In 1994, Dr. Dutton joined the Faculty at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where he served as Director of Trauma Anesthesiology and Director of Clinical Operations.  Dr. Dutton was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2009, based on his academic interest in trauma system design, emergency airway management and resuscitation from hemorrhagic shock.  Dr. Dutton is a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and for numerous journals in trauma and anesthesiology, and is a Member of the Board of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. 

Disclosure:  Richard P. Dutton, M.D., M.B.A. received consulting fees from Sangart, Inc.

Resolutions of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Society of Anesthesiologists will implement mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.


The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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CME Credit:

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

1.00 Non-physician Credit

Non-physicians may receive a Certificate of Completion stating that this activity was designated for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


Take the pre-test, watch the recording and take the post-test online.

Required Hardware / Software:

Internet connection, web browser version must have been released within the last three years. Video is iPad compatible. IE users must have IE 8 or higher (

Activity Release Date:

11/05/2012 (All day)

Activity Expiration Date:

11/04/2015 (All day)

Estimated Time to Complete:

60 minutes