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.
To access the survey response, click on the image above.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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