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February 20, 2013

New year, new checklists!

We can’t believe it’s been only eight weeks since we launched the cognitiveaids.org website. The response to our work has been tremendously positive and downloads have spanned the globe from the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Today, we are excited to launch our next cognitive aid, which we plan to develop into a larger set of aids focused on peripartum critical events in obstetric anesthesia and ACLS. Our complete work, when finished will contain 48 aids.

Great obstetric anesthesia collaborators

We are proud to acknowledge the important contributions of Andrea J. Fuller, MD from the University of Colorado at Denver Department of Anesthesia and Steve Lipman, MD from the Stanford University Department of Anesthesia for their invaluable contribution to this work. Drs. Fuller and Lipman are both obstetric anesthesiologists who have a keen interest in improving patient safety through the use of medical checklists and I am so grateful for their collaboration.

On behalf of the Cognitive Aids in Medicine group, Dr. Kyle Harrison and myself are proud to offer these aids to the public under a creative commons license (to share and distribute, but not sell or modify). We look forward to comments from the public about how we can improve them. You can print a copy for your own use without charge. We also plan to offer high quality commercially-printed paper-based aids for sale to the public. An iOS app and Kindle book are forthcoming.

Finally, we invite you to join the CogAIDS community newsletter to stay informed of our progress as we continue to develop more medical cognitive aids. We look forward to the day when awareness of the use of cognitive aids in medicine will be as commonplace as the airline safety card.

Larry Chu, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Anesthesia
Director, Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab
Stanford, California, USA

Kyle Harrison, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
Core Faculty, Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab
Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital, Palo Alto, California, USA

Download Obstetric Cardiac Arrest Emergency Aids – US English*

*By downloading the ACLS Emergency Aids, you agree to comply with the terms of our Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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