At the 2023 ASA annual meeting, the House of Delegates approved an ASA statement titled “Statement on Fundamentals of a Safe and Healthy Workplace for Anesthesiologists.” Unlike traditional ASA declarations, this unique statement doesn't introduce new policies, but rather consolidates existing ASA statements. It serves as a compendium of knowledge on various workplace challenges faced by anesthesiologists and other anesthesia clinicians.

In recent years, anesthesiologists have grappled with mounting challenges that contribute to burnout risks. These challenges include escalating workloads, a sense of powerlessness in shaping work conditions and schedules, and the complexities of advocating for improved policies and procedures to combat burnout while preserving patient safety. Despite the abundance of ASA statements addressing these concerns, many of our members, along with their employers, facility administrators, and policymakers, remain unaware of these valuable guidelines. Moreover, ASA has lacked a concise document that anesthesiologists can present to decision-makers, bridging the gap...

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