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As the largest anesthesia registry in the country, AQI's vision is "to become the primary source of information for quality improvement in the clinical practice of anesthesiology.  Through education and quality data feedback AQI will help to improve the quality care of patients, lower anesthesia mortality, and lower anesthesia rates."

The mission of the AQI is "to develop and maintain an ongoing registry (NACOR) of case data that will become the primary resource for anesthesiologists looking to assess and improve patient care.  The registry will be organized in a way that anesthesiology practice groups will desire to submit their case information and so that individual anesthesiologists, practice groups, researchers, and professional societies will find the data useful and needed to improve the quality of care."

AQI was established by the American Society of Anesthesiologists in October 2008.  The AQI represents the next step in the specialty’s quality improvement mission. 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.

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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The AQI supports the following 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. (October 2013)