During Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8-14), ASA educated patients on the “six things they should know before having outpatient surgery.” A news release discussing important factors that could lead to increased patient satisfaction and safer outcomes, which quoted ASA President Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, was featured in HealthDay and U.S. News & World Report, among other outlets. A mat release (a feature article that appears in newspapers or online to complement staff-written material) on the topic ran in 1,124 news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times.

Additionally, Chair of ASA's Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care, Steven Gayer, MD, participated in a live, 30-minute interview on Doctor Radio's “Interventional Cardiology,” regarding ways patients can ensure a safe surgery and recovery when having an outpatient procedure. “Patient safety is one of the...

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