On these pages one year ago, Ellison C. Pierce, Jr, MD,1 wrote, "Reduction of anesthesia morbidity and mortality is a subject of major interest among anesthesiologists, and current research efforts address this problem in a number of ways." The search still goes on for the "ideal anesthetic." And, of course, the end result of this never-ending search for perfection has improved and will improve the quality of patient care. In speaking about quality today one must consider safety, and a key phrase in this specialty at the present time is "patient safety."
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, originally promulgated by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, is an idea whose time has finally come. Those who provide anesthesiology care in this country, together with representatives from industry constituting the major vendors of anesthesia equipment and supplies, have joined together in an unprecedented effort to improve patient safety as it relates