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AQI was established by the American Society of Anesthesiologists in October 2008 to facilitate practice-based quality management through education and quality data feedback.  Although operating as a separate 501(c)(3) entity, AQI’s work complements and enhances the efforts of ASA and other organizations such as the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project and the Surgical Quality Alliance.

As the largest registry in the country, AQI's vision is "to be the primary source of information for quality improvement in the clinical practice of anesthesiology.  Through education and quality data feedback AQI improves the care of patients, speeds the response to critical incidents and reduces anesthesia-related morbidity and mortality."

AQI maintains 9 registries including NACOR.  More registries are in the works including the Maternal Quality Improvement Project and the Global Outcomes Registry.

AQI's mission is to "maintain these ongoing registries with case data as the primary resource for anesthesiologists looking to assess and improve patient care."

AQI registries are organized to help physician anesthesiologists and their groups easily submit case information and receive reports that identify existing gaps in knowledge or clinical application.  Data are presented so as to demonstrate changes over time and group performance in the context of national and peer-group comparators.  The reports help physician anesthesiologists and their groups understand how their clinical outcomes compare to others in similar practice environments.  Aggregate data from AQI registries is also available to researchers and professional societies interested in documenting trends in the national practice of anesthesia.

Today the AQI carries out this pursuit, helping hospitals and practices answer important questions about the care they deliver by gathering, analyzing, and providing the data that providers need.

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AQI currently supports the following clinical data registries:

AQI is listed as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), and is a member of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG).

Looking to talk about AQI? Download our informational powerpoint about NACOR here. (April 2014)