Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) is the pioneer organization dedicated to assuring patient safety. Formed in 1985 with the mission that “no patient shall be harmed from anesthesia,” APSF has been the leader in the proactive, successful efforts to dramatically improve the safety of anesthesia administration and reduce adverse events. The Executive Committee of APSF believes that the reason for the success of its efforts has been its attention to early identification of safety problems, promoting research, disseminating information, and promoting an emphasis on patient safety in clinical practice. The APSF program has helped create a cadre of experts and a culture and infrastructure devoted to promoting safety. We believe that these and other influences on the profession of anesthesia, in particular the strong support of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and other anesthesia professional societies, have combined to produce our common goal: maximum safety for all patients undergoing anesthesia. We stand ready to assist others and are available for further discussion of these issues to shape the national agenda for patient safety. Our Vision That no patient shall be harmed by anesthesia. Mission Statement The APSF’s Mission is to improve continually the safety of patients during anesthesia care by encouraging and conducting: safety research and education; patient safety programs and campaigns; national and international exchange of information and ideas.