The Patient Safety Movement Foundation and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Award the Patient Safety Curriculum Award

100,000 Granted to Keck School of Medicine of USC

Irvine, CA and Rochester, MN

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) are proud to announce that Brian Bensadigh, MD, MBA of the Keck School of Medicine of USC has been awarded the 2020 Patient Safety Curriculum Award (PSCA). Dr. Bensadigh’s proposal, “Perioperative Patient Safety Curriculum for Anesthesia Trainees,” was selected from an outstanding field of applications.

The 2020 PSCA awards $100,000 to an anesthesia education investigator for the purpose of modifying the PSMF’s Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) #17: Patient Safety Curriculum to specifically address perioperative patient safety. The awardee will then test the educational efficiency and effectiveness of implementing the modified curriculum in anesthesia training programs across the spectrum of anesthesia professions.

“We are thrilled to partner with the APSF on this grant to improve perioperative patient safety education,” said Dr. David Mayer, Chief Executive Officer of the PSMF. “We can’t wait to see the results of Dr. Bensadigh and team’s implementation.”

Dr. Mark Warner, President of the APSF noted, “Dr. Bensadigh’s proposal provides us with a wonderful opportunity to modify the PSMF’s outstanding general Patient Safety Curriculum for use in perioperative settings.  Once we have a validated, high quality anesthesia-specific curriculum, we hope to subsequently work closely with our PSMF colleagues to further modify it for use in anesthesia training programs in low income countries.”

Dr. Bensadigh is a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles. He holds an M.B.A. in hospital administration and healthcare policy, and is currently spearheading an initiative to streamline hospital protocols in order to better capture and disseminate actionable lessons from adverse patient safety events.

His co-investigator and mentor for the grant is Carol Peden, MB ChB, M.D.  She is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Center for Health System Innovation at USC. She was named the Harvard School of Public Health Innovator of the Year in 2016 for her work in improving outcomes for high risk surgical patients.

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About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Each year, more than 200,000 people die unnecessarily in U.S. hospitals. Worldwide, 4.8 million lives are similarly lost. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) is a global non-profit that offers free tools to help achieve ZERO preventable deaths from hospital errors. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce that number of preventable deaths to ZERO. Improving patient safety requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. PSMF’s World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit brings together the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. Our Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) provide evidence-based processes to help hospitals eliminate errors. Our Open Data Pledge encourages healthcare technology companies to share the data for which their products are purchased. Visit

About the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

Founded in 1985, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) promotes research of perioperative patient safety issues, supports the development of careers in patient safety, provides patient safety educational materials and communications to all anesthesia providers, and advocates for changes in clinical practices that improve patient safety.  The APSF’s goal is for no patient to be harmed by anesthesia.

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