October 1, 2004
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The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) is developing the first specific and comprehensive Perianesthesia Data Elements (PDE) to be launched in Spring 2005

Cherry Hill, New Jersey – October 1, 2004 – The first phase in the development of a comprehensive set of perianesthesia data elements has been completed by the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN).  These data elements will be more specific to the needs of perianesthesia nurses than what is currently available.  The ASPAN Perianesthesia Data Elements (PDE) will include the Preanesthesia Phase and Postanesthesia Care Unit Phases I, II, III sets. They will have applications in the ambulatory surgery, office-based practice, and acute care settings. The timeline for completion of this project is an aggressive Spring 2005.

ASPAN’s decision to create a set of perianesthesia data elements was based on the increasing demands by its members.  It is imperative that these data elements are developed by perianesthesia nurses who are considered experts in all aspects of care in the perianesthesia settings. Therefore, the ASPAN PDE will be developed by perianesthesia nurses for perianesthesia nurses.

The purpose of the ASPAN PDE is to provide standardized documentation practice, education, outcome measures, and the ability to build additional hard data sets based on evidence- based practice. Once completed, these data elements will be validated, piloted and researched by perianesthesia nurses for clarity, usability and feasibility.  ASPAN will then submit the PDE to the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Information and Data Set Evaluation Center (NIDSECSM).  NIDSECSM has developed standards to evaluate four dimensions of nursing data sets and the systems that contain nomenclature, clinical content, a clinical data repository, and a general system of characteristics. The NIDSECSM standards follow the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) model for evaluation, and ASPAN’s goal is to obtain approval from NIDSECSM.

About the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) is the international professional specialty nursing organization representing the interests of over 49,000 nurses practicing in all phases of a preanesthesia and postanesthesia care, ambulatory surgery, pain management, office- based practice, and acute care settings, including remote anesthesia locations.

For information contact ASPAN
877-737-9696, ext. 15

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