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Pioneer in Patient Safety to Give Rovenstine Lecture at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010 

University of Michigan Anesthesiology Chair, Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists Director Tapped for National Keynote Address 

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Member, Kevin K. Tremper, Ph.D., M.D. will deliver the Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture at the ASA Annual Meeting, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010, October 18 in San Diego. Since 1991, Dr. Tremper has served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. His presentation will focus on the use of perioperative information systems to improve patient outcomes. 

"The Rovenstine Lecture is the premier event at the ASA Annual Meeting and we are honored to welcome Dr. Tremper to the stage this year," said Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D., ASA President. "Dr.Tremper's research continues the relentless pursuit of safety in anesthesiology, and his lengthy career as an educator exemplifies the contributions of Dr. Rovenstine to the field of anesthesiology." 

Dr. Tremper began his career as a chemical engineer where he researched mathematical modeling of blood flow through tissue. These studies led him to pioneer advances in continuous noninvasive oxygen monitoring and investigation of a perfluorochemical blood substitute. Most recently, his focus has been on the use of data from perioperative anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) for clinical outcomes research, which is the topic of his lecture.

"Data from AIMS and other clinical databases will allow us to develop care plans for patients that are tailored to the patient needs," said Dr. Tremper. "Anesthesia and surgery is a total body stress test for a patient. We collect information from patients, before and during surgery, and then are able to determine how best to care for patients post-operatively." 

Dr. Tremper said AIMS may potentially reduce health care costs by providing the information needed to design a perioperative plan for specific patient needs. Appropriate use of resources prior to, and during, surgery may lead to less intensive, costly care postoperatively. 

"In today's environment of health care reform, information systems help address issues surrounding the cost of health care," said Dr. Tremper. "We hope that the most appropriate care would cost less by reducing preventable postoperative complications."

During the lecture, Dr. Tremper will compare the development of medical information systems with the work the airline industry has done to increase efficiencies and safety over the last 100 years. 

"We are on the verge of another revolution in patient care," said Dr. Tremper. "Soon we will not only collect the information, but also analyze it in real time."

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Anesthesiologists:
Physicians providing the lifeline of modern medicine. Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association with 43,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists website at www.asahq.org. For patient information, visit lifelinetomodernmedicine.com. 

The Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists 
The Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists represents over 1,100 physicians committed to assuring the highest quality of patient care and the greatest degree of safety when delivering anesthesia care to Michigan citizens. MSA is an educational, research and scientific organization seeking to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve patient care. MSA was established in 1948 as the state component of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, www.asahq.org.

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