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ASA website. It was produced by the ASA Committee
on Standards and Practice Parameters, working in
collaboration with the American Association of
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College
of Cardiology, American College of Emergency
Physicians, American College of Radiology,
American Dental Association, American Society for
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American Society of
Dentist Anesthesiologists, and is subject to approval
by these organizations as well. This document could
not be amended on the floor of the HOD and it
required an up or down vote as written. There was
testimony regarding the need for future refinements
of this Practice Guideline, but ultimately this item was
approved by the HOD and is now being considered by
the other involved organizations.
The ASA Statement on Sedation & Anesthesia
in Dental Office-Based Settings was developed
by a subcommittee of the Committee on Quality
Management and Departmental Administration
(QMDA), co-chaired by Scott Kercheville, MD,
Director from Texas, and myself. The request to create
this statement was the result of increased public
awareness of adverse outcomes in dental offices,
and the risks associated with dental sedation and
anesthesia. Several states in addition to California have
confronted this issue on a regulatory and/or legislative
level. ASA leadership believed that a national position
statement should be drafted. Language generated in
California stating that children under the age of seven
should have a dedicated qualified anesthesia provider
for moderate or deep sedation, and for general
anesthesia is included in the Statement. The statement
passed in the August BOD and was approved by the
HOD.
An ASA Statement on Developing Policy for Infection
Prevention and Surgical Attire generated vigorous
debate in both the Western Caucus (WC) and the
Review Committee in August. Debate reflected the
opinion that the statement as written was too generic.

Revisions were drafted to the Statement and approved
by the BOD. The desire and request for a more specific
document relating to surgical attire and evidence about
its relationship to infection control in the OR came up
again in Boston at the WC and in Professional Affairs
Reference Committee. Members are looking to ASA to
take a stronger evidence based stand; ASA leadership
has committed to pursuing studies and generating
further recommendations on this issue.

Scientific Affairs
There were no items which generated major discussion
or controversy in the Scientific Affairs packet, at the
Reference Committee, or at the HOD.

Financial Affairs
A recommendation that the Certificate in Business
Administration (CBA) program take a hiatus for
reevaluation and comparison to other options in
the market was changed in the August BOD to a
recommendation that the program's content and
format be evaluated and modified as appropriate. The
CBA will continue this year in its current form, but
may move to Schaumberg in the future
Of note, the 2018 operating budget contains a
large line item of $249,000 to initiate redesign and
realignment of the ASA's Finance Department to
modernize its structure and functions. More detail on
this is available in the ASA2020 Strategic Plan.
Multiple bylaws revisions were passed as written and
presented by the Committee on Bylaws.

Distinguished Service Award
Norm Cohen, MD, received the ASA's highest honor,
the Distinguished Service Award (DSA), following
his nomination and election for the DSA at last year's
HOD. From Portland Oregon, Dr. Cohen, is wellknown to the California ASA delegation as part of the
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