Helping you understand CoP anesthesia standards

Do you have time to sort through the interpretive guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) regarding anesthesia and sedation? The manual is hundreds of pages. Do you know what documents surveyors are looking for when they come to your facility, and do you know what questions they will ask? Most of the most recent changes are effective immediately.

Help is on the way. AHC Media, publisher of Healthcare Risk Management, has published “Cracking the Code: Understanding the CMS Hospital CoP Standards on Anesthesia,” which explains the anesthesia standards and PACU standards. The chapters are organized in the order in which the anesthesia standards are contained in the hospital CoP manual. Our book covers anesthesia services, organization and staffing, preanesthesia evaluations, the intraoperative anesthesia record and required policies and procedures, and post-anesthesia assessments. We include hundreds of pages of policies and procedures and other informative practical material you can start using immediately. The book offers 4.5 hours of continuing nursing education. For more information on this book, go to