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Colombian Journal of Anestesiology

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DEL CASTILLO, Ana Sofía  and  SARDI, Norma. ISO Standards and the Quality Concept Applied to Anesthesia Services. Rev. colomb. anestesiol. [online]. 2012, vol.40, n.1, pp.14-16. ISSN 0120-3347.

Introduction: The quality concept originated and was coined in industry; however, it has been applied to medicine and has constantly evolved in the last few years. In anesthesiology, continuous quality improvement is a must, and some areas should be enhanced through the implementation and development of plans and outcomes assessments. Objectives: This article discusses in a simple manner the evolution of the quality concept in the area of anesthesia. Discussion: The quality concept was adopted in health care in the 1900s; however, its application in Anesthesia came about several years later. Conclusion: Although the Quality Management concept in Anesthesiology came to life a few years ago, it is rapidly developing and gaining acceptance.

Keywords : Health services; Anesthesiology; Quality management; Health.

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