To the Editor.—The House of Delegates of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) adopted a set of standards of practice, entitled "Standards for Basic Intraoperative Monitoring," during the 1986 ASA Annual Meeting held this past October. This is the first attempt of the ASA to define for its membership the circumstances by which some of the human error associated with the administration of anesthesia should be reduced. Few professional medical organizations have established standards of practice, but the rapid increase in medical technology and newer anesthetic agents have greatly increased the responsibilities of anesthesiologists. The new standards should determine the mode of practice and will recognize only a few exceptions under which they will not apply.
"Standards for Basic Intraoperative Monitoring" addresses only one component of anesthesia care: the basic methods of monitoring patients. The standards include the following:
1. Qualified anesthetic personnel shall be present in the room