Risk management and continuous quality improve-ment programs at the departmental level may reduce anesthetic morbidity and mortality rates by addressing monitoring standards, equipment, practice guidelines, continuing education, quality of care, and staffing issues. Specific responsibilities of peer review committees include identifying (and, ideally, preventing) potential problems, formulat-ing and periodically revising departmental policies, ensuring the availability of properly functioning anesthetic equipment, enforcing standards required for clinical privileges, and evaluating the appro-priateness and quality of patient care. A quality improvement system impartially and continuously reviews complications, compliance with standards, and quality indicators.
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