October 2002 AAOS Report

Board addresses issues of worker safety, emergency room care

The AAOS Board of Directors met September 13-14, 2002 in Rosemont, Ill. and took a number of actions. The Board approved establishment of an alliance with OSHA to promote safe and healthful working conditions. The Academy will serve as a resource to the agency and as an educational vehicle on ergonomic workplace matters. The Board also approved a Position Statement on EMTALA, developed by the Patient Access to Emergency Care Task Force, on issues of Emergency Department On-Call Coverage. Visit the AAOS Web site, www.aaos.org, to read the full text of the statement. It can be found under Library & Archives, AAOS Policies, Position Statement #1157. The Board agreed to send a letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), reiterating the Academy's opposition to the sale of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to children under age 16. The Board approved new information modules on osteoarthritis of the knee, the first product of the Improving Musculoskeletal Care in America project. The Board approved a Wrong Site Surgery Checklist. To supplement the Wrong Site Surgery Advisory Statement previously approved by the Board, and at the request of the Patient Safety Committee, the Professional Liability Committee created a Wrong Site Surgery Checklist. The advisory can be found on the AAOS Web site, under Library & Archives, AAOS Policies, Advisory Statement #1015.

David Halsey, MD, was approved as the new chair of the Council on Health Policy. Dr. Halsey will replace the current chair Alan Morris, MD, whose appointment ends at the 2003 Annual Meeting.


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