About Closed Claims Project

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the University of Washington at Seattle started the Anesthesia Closed Claims Project in 1984 to analyze closed malpractice claims and trends in anesthesia-related patient safety topics. Starting in 2019, the Project came under the auspices of the Anesthesia Quality Institute.

The Anesthesia Closed Claims Project’s goal is to identify anesthesia-related major safety concerns, patterns of injury and prevention strategies in areas where anesthesiologists provide care. To achieve this goal, ASA member anesthesiologists collect both quantitative and qualitative data to identify a sequence of events concluding in a narrative summary of care from malpractice insurance companies. The evaluated claims can be classified as rare and/or serious events. Analyzed data can be used in publications, presentations and/or research studies.

Continual vigilance in studying adverse events aids in addressing patient safety concerns and increases the quality care Anesthesiologists provide. Along with other AQI registries, the Closed Claims Project helps positions the ASA as a world leader in improving health through innovation in quality and safety

A formal data use agreement/policy is in development for the closed claims data by the AQI Closed Claims Committee. During this time, data use requests will be on hold. When a policy is in place we will provide information for submitting via the AQI website.

If you have any questions about participating, data use, or any other topic about the Closed Claims Project, please email us closedclaims@asahq.org