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Journal of Patient Safety Partners with Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery

The editors and publisher of the Journal of Patient Safety, the journal of research and clinical practice in advancing patients safety, are pleased to announce a new affiliation with The Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery (ISOBS), an independent organization dedicated to promoting patient safety in office-based surgery.  The journal is published Wolters Kluwer.

"With the rapidly growing number of ambulatory surgical procedures being performed in a variety of clinical settings, efforts to ensure patient safety are increasingly important," comments Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, Executive Director and Co-Founder of ISOBS.  Dr. Urman is an anesthesiologist and Director of Procedural Sedation for Interventional Procedures at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.

He adds, "Our new affiliation with the Journal of Patient Safety will provide an outlet for important research and viewpoints for all professionals with an interest in ensuring and maintaining safe practices in ambulatory surgery." The ISOBS's mission is to promote patient safety in office-based surgery and to encourage collaboration, scholarship, and physician and patient education.  The ISOBS has approximately 2,000 members from a wide range of fields.

As part of the new affiliation, the Journal of Patient Safety will add a section providing new research and insights on perioperative safety.  For example, an early publication paper coauthored by Dr. Urman—based on the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry database and including more than 12 million procedures performed from 2010 to 2013—finds that on anesthesia procedures performed in non operating-room settings actually have lower morbidity and mortality rates than OR procedures.  But the findings highlight the need for special attention to potential safety problems in cardiology and radiology locations.

Dr. Urman will join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Patient Safety, contributing his expertise in the safety of office-based anesthesia, sedation, and surgery.  Members of ISOBS will also be eligible to subscribe to the journal at special reduced rates.

The Journal of Patient Safety will continue to present new research and perspectives on every aspect of patient safety, highlighting the full scope of ideas and effective approaches to prevent medical errors and patient harms.  ISOBS members and all professionals interested in submitting manuscripts to the Journal of Patient Safety can learn more by visiting LWW's Editorial Manager system at

About the Journal of Patient Safety

The  Journal of Patient Safety is dedicated to presenting research advances and field applications in every area of patient safety. While Journal of Patient Safety has a research emphasis, it also publishes articles describing lessons learned from near-miss incidents, system modifications that are barriers to error, and the impact of regulatory changes on healthcare delivery. It prioritizes articles that translate knowledge to action as healthcare transitions from a volume driven to value driven paradigm…making certain that safety is the core intrinsic property. The mix of research and real-world findings makes Journal of Patient Safety a valuable resource across the breadth of health professions and from bench to bedside.

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