ASDSA Launches Patient Safety Database

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) and the Northwestern University Department of Dermatology partnered to start the Cutaneous Procedures Adverse Events Reporting (CAPER) system to improve safety outcomes for patients.

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The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) and the Northwestern University Department of Dermatology have announced the release of the Cutaneous Procedures Adverse Events Reporting (CAPER) registry.

“I’m incredibly excited to have CAPER up and running,” said Murad Alam, MD, MBA, vice chair of the Northwestern University Department of Dermatology and past ASDSA president. “Having access to information to not only potentially improve patient safety, but also assess and affirm the presumed high-level of safety of dermatologic surgery is very exciting.”

The CAPER system allows for:

  • Voluntary reporting on patient adverse events (AEs) encountered during dermatologic surgery procedures
  • Help with safety monitoring for the specialty; identifying practice and/or education gaps associated with adverse events; and identifying potential risk factors for adverse events

It is overseen by a group of board certified dermatologists, clinicians and researchers with more than 20 years of experience in patient care and physician advocacy who are committed to improving safety outcomes. The collaboration between Northwestern University and ASDSA will ensure that CAPER becomes the common place for dermatologic surgeons and their staff to report adverse events from devices, drugs or biologics. The goal is to use this de-identified data for the dissemination of trends related to adverse incidents and result in making patients safer.

“Establishing a data repository for dermatologic surgery, both cosmetic and skin cancer related, will be crucial in advancing our field and helping our patients,” said current ASDSA president Mathew Avram, MD, JD.

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