Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

One of the most important goals of Burlington Anesthesia Associates is to provide safe, state of the art anesthesia care to all of its patients. Burlington Anesthesia Associates is continuously striving to improve the quality of care that we deliver to our patients .We accomplish this by constantly reviewing the anesthesia and surgical literature for evidence to incorporate into our clinical practice. Through evidence based Clinical Initiatives we are developing practice models that augment the clinical excellence that BAA has become known for. Some examples of our current clinical initiatives include Obstructive Sleep Apnea Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, and Regional Anesthesia. As the need arises, more clinical initiatives will be undertaken.

We monitor our clinical outcomes via a rigorous Quality Assurance Program. The Quality Assurance program consists of a group of doctors and a chief QA officer, who is a doctor appointed directly by the hospital and reports directly to the hospital's QA committee. Our committee reviews cases with unexpected or expected complications. Unfortunately, in medicine, unexpected outcomes can occur, although these outcomes are usually rare regarding anesthesia related complications.

Having a quality assurance program is essential to maintain clinical excellence. Cases are presented quarterly to the group and are kept completely confidential. Cases are selected with an educational component related to the case. This is very important so that all our doctors can learn more about an unexpected outcome which will hopefully lessen these risks in the future. We unfortunately cannot eliminate risk of surgery and anesthesia but will strive to constantly decrease these risks as much as possible. The Quality Assurance Program helps us to achieve this.

Major postoperative complications are monitored in compliance with JCAHO and DOH regulations (state and hospital regulatory commissions). These include major complications which may not be associated with anesthesia. Some other clinical indicators the QA program monitors include but is not limited to: patient satisfaction, surgeon satisfaction, epidural complications, anesthesia awareness while under general anesthesia, and intraoperative temperature control.

Burlington Anesthesia Associates strive to constantly provide safe, state of the art anesthesia care. The above are some examples of how we do this.