SAMBA leadership occasionally responds to reports and articles released in the media related to ambulatory anesthesia practice and safety. Click the articles below to view these responses.
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Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia Response to the Leapfrog Group Survey 12/15/2019
The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) is the premier society for ambulatory physician anesthesiologists, with membership available to all physicians and professionals with interest in ambulatory surgical care.
We disagree with some of the negative, unsupported comments made by the Leapfrog group representatives in the preliminary findings of their ASC survey. In response we wish to highlight our organization’s efforts to advance patient safety.
Click here to review Leapfrog’s preliminary findings from their ASC survey.
The need for sedation and anesthesia care for pedi-atric patients in non-O.R. locations has increased significantly during the past decade. It is not uncommon for such children to represent anywhere from 10 to 24 percent of the daily case load, as noted by Campbell and associates.1 Without psychological and other non-pharmacological interventions, pediatric patients are unlikely to cooperate and lay still even for non-painful diagnostic MRI procedures unless the procedures are brief, as during a CT examination.
This key resource provides insight and guidance to managing ambulatory surgery centers (ACSs) from a broad spectrum of expertise. Intended for a wide audience of healthcare professionals, this book covers topics such as regulatory issues, outpatient pediatric anesthesia, inventory management, personnel training, the culture of safety, and sedation standards.
The format found in each chapter is designed intentionally to function as an educational manual. Many chapters are supplemented by high quality figures and tables to aid in visual learning.
This text brings together authors from diverse professions including lawyers, administrators, surgeons, anesthesiologists and architects. Manual of Practice Management for Ambulatory Surgery Centers: An Evidence-Based Guide is a concise and evidence-based guide to successfully operating the modern health care facilities that have transformed the outpatient experience for millions of people.
Provides a comprehensive guide for medical directors, administrators, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and perioperative leaders in the management of ASCs
Concise and evidence-based guide to common pitfalls and situations that arise during the running of an ASC or office-based practice
Resource for ASC and office –based practice leadership in addressing issues that arise during the management of these practices
Topics covered include ASC construction, anesthesia billing, sedation standards, protocols, and guidelines, the culture of safety, and outpatient pediatric anesthesia
The Manual of Practice Management for Ambulatory Surgery Centers is a SAMBA publication in collaboration with Springer Nature publishing.
Dr. Abdelmalak and Dr. Belani represented SAMBA at the ASA subspecialty kiosk during the ASA Annual Meeting October 19-23. Be sure to save the date for the 2020 SAMBA Annual Meeting, May 13-16, 2020 in Orlando, FL.
SAMBA and the Indian College of Anesthesiologists have a common interest to improve patient care and safety within the ambulatory anesthesia medical field. We will be partnering and collaborating through marketing, promotion and communications.
For more than forty years, ASCs have provided high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care for millions of Americans. In that time, ASCs have transformed the outpatient experience by offering a convenient and personalized alternative to the hospital outpatient surgical setting.
For the last decade, ASCs have promoted awareness of these contributions by opening their doors to their communities and hosting National ASC Month events. By hosting an event in your community, you can educate key policy and decision makers about the benefits of ASCs and encourage public awareness of your ASC. Effective events include inviting your elected officials to tour your surgery center and hosting an open house to provide more information to patients.
Letter from the President
Dear Friends and colleagues,
It is an honor and privilege to serve you for this coming year. I truly appreciate your vote of trust.
I will not spare any effort in serving this society and advancing its cause, but I cannot do it alone. While I’m very fortunate and grateful to be surrounded by experienced leaders who have never declined helping when asked, I invite ALL of you to take part in SAMBA. Ask questions, volunteer, propose ideas, initiatives, and plans. Speak up, express your support and encouragement if you like the programs and services offered, and by all means, if you don’t, express concern and propose alternatives. Be part of the solution.
JFK once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country?” I say “Ask what you can do for the SAMBA.” Yes, the task is huge and the challenges are great, but do not let your heart be troubled. We have been very successful for >30 years, and we have what it takes to keep it that way. We have a strong membership. I’m very encouraged by the overwhelming response I received from my “call to serve” e-mail. Our leaders are full of energy and enthusiasm. We have always had great management companies and structure and we are financially strong.
Together, you and I can help SAMBA to stay strong, we can further help it grow, and blossom.
Thank you for your continued support, I look forward to working with you serving our SAMBA.
Basem Abdelmalak, MD, FASA
SAMBA President 2019-2020
SAMBA Management Services Transition
Over the past couple of months, SAMBA leadership has been transitioning association management services to Wellington, based in the Kansas City metro area.
As of June 1, the SAMBA Executive Office headquarters will be relocated:
Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia
7304 W 130th Street, Suite 370
Overland Park, KS 66213
Please be sure that email@example.com is an approved email sender to receive all association correspondence. (NOTE: This transition is effective June 1, 2019.)
In the coming days and weeks, we look forward to providing you with:
Regular email communication with updates on SAMBA activity and initiatives
A rebuilt website complete with educational content and a robust member’s only platform
We are also working with the team to implement:
Short-term objectives and goals for committees including ongoing support to ensure continuity
A new strategic plan for long-term growth and development
We look forward to working with the SAMBA community to grow and forge ahead. Thank you for being a member of SAMBA!
7304 W 130th St. Suite 370
Overland Park, KS 66213
Basem B. Abdelmalak, MD, FASA is a professor of anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He has served in the Department of General Anesthesiology as a Staff Anesthesiologist since 2001. Currently he leads Anesthesia Services for Bronchoscopic Surgery as a NORA service and is the Director of the Center for Sedation implementing the anesthesiology oversight for procedural sedation. He frequently performs the Therapeutic Whole Lung Lavage procedure to treat pulmonary alveolar proteinosis patients.
Dr. Abdelmalak is board-certified in Anesthesiology and fellowship trained in Critical Care medicine. His many clinical interests include anesthesia for ENT and bronchoscopic surgery, difficult airway management.
He served the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists as its president in 2015 and currently serves the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) as the Vice-chair of the educational track subcommittee on Ambulatory Anesthesia, the Society for Head and Neck Anesthesia (SHANA), as a founding member, and its president
At the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) he served in many roles and capacities; as a member of the committees on the Annual meeting, NORA, and Finance, and chair of the Development committee for the past 7 years leading SAMBA’s relationships with corporate sponsors, and pharmaceutical and industrial supporters. He then served on the Board of Directors, as a director, Vice President, President –elect, and now as its President.
He is also a part of the Anesthesiology Outcomes Research Department. His research interest is focused on the study of perioperative glycemic management, and he has been the primary investigator of many research projects investigating this and other topics.
He has received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of America’s Top Anesthesiologists according to the Consumers’ Research Council of America and Safety Champion by the Cleveland Clinic Quality Institute. A frequently invited lecturer at national and international conferences, Dr. Abdelmalak authored many scientific articles and book chapters in his field, and recently co-edited two textbooks titled Anesthesia for Otolaryngologic Surgery and Clinical Airway Management; An Illustrated Case Based Approach by Cambridge University Press. He continues to be heavily involved with the education and training of medical students and residents and recently received the Scholarship in Teaching Award from Case Western Reserve University.