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This course is a part of ANESTHESIOLOGY Journal CME 2014 Annual Subscription

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 “Anesthesiologist as Epidemiologist: Insights from Registry Studies of Obstetric Anesthesia–related Complications,” by Bateman and Tsen, pp. 1311-1312

 “Serious Complications Related to Obstetric Anesthesia: The Serious Complication Repository Project of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology,” by D’Angelo et al., pp. 1505-1512

Summary:   This month’s Journal CME selection focuses on the Serious Complication Repository (SCORE) Project of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP), which captured data on nearly 257,000 parturients who were administered neuraxial or general anesthesia at 30 institutions between 2004 and 2009. There were 157 total serious complications reported; serious anesthesia-related complications were reported for 85 (1/3,000) patients. The most common serious complications were high neuraxial block, respiratory arrest in the labor suite, and unrecognized spinal catheter. Because serious complications related to obstetric anesthesia are rare, there were too few complications in each category to identify risk factors associated with each.

The focus of ANESTHESIOLOGY Journal CME is to educate readers on current developments in the science and clinical practice of anesthesiology.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Anticipate serious obstetric and anesthetic complications

  • Adjust anesthesia practice based on the risk factors for a high neuraxial anesthetic

  • Adjust patient management based on the frequency of serious obstetric complications

Faculty & Credentials:

Editor-in-Chief:  James C. Eisenach, M.D., receives consulting fees from Adynxx, NeuroGesX, and Vertex.

CME Editors:  Leslie C. Jameson, M.D., receives honoraria from Masimo and honoraria from GE Medical International. Dan J. Kopacz, M.D., has ownership in Solo-Dex LLC.

Authors:  Robert D’Angelo, M.D., Richard M. Smiley, M.D., Ph.D., Edward T.Riley, M.D., Scott Segal, M.D., M.H.C.M., Brian T. Bateman, M.D., M.Sc., and Lawrence C. Tsen, M.D. have reported no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

ASA Staff: Employees involved in planning have no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Resolutions of Conflicts of Interest

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

Target Audience:

ANESTHESIOLOGY Journal-based CME is intended for anesthesiologists. Researchers and other health care professionals with an interest in anesthesiology may also participate.

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 journal-based CME activity 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)™.


Anesthesiology’s Journal CME is open to all readers. To take part in Anesthesiology Journal-based CME, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the CME information presented on this page.
  2. Register at Non-members will be asked to provide payment.
  3. Read this month’s article designated for CME credit available online within the activity.
  4. Achieve a score of at least 50% correct on the six-question online journal CME quiz and complete the evaluation.
  5. Claim credit in15-minute increments, for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per journal article.

Required Hardware / Software:

Adobe Acrobat Reader, Internet connection, web browser version must have been released within the last three years.

Activity Release Date:

05/20/2014 (All day)

Activity Expiration Date:

05/19/2017 - 11:59pm

Estimated Time to Complete:

60 minutes