25 Oct Over 1/3 of Anesthesia Now Delivered Outside of Traditional Operating Rooms
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Richard Dutton, MD
Chief quality officer
U.S. Anesthesia Partners
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: We wanted to document the change in national anesthesia practice over the past 5 years, specifically the increase in non-operating room anesthesia NORA. We found that non-operating room anesthesia now accounts for more than 1/3 of all anesthetics. The proportion continues to rise as minimally invasive procedures are developed in gastroenterology, cardiology, radiology and other non-surgical disciplines. These procedures are often performed in complex patients, and require anesthesia involvement to facilitate.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Anesthesia is a concept, not a location. We should adapt our practices now and train our residents for the future to deliver safe and efficient anesthesia care in any part of the hospital.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: We should continue to monitor this trend going forward. Further, we should better understand unique safety issues associated with NORA, and should research better ways to care for these patients going forward.
MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Response: Thank you for reporting on this emerging trend in anesthesia practice!
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Citation: Abstract presented at the 2016 Anesthesiology Annual Meeting October 2016
Alexander Nagrebetsky, M.D., M.S.1, Rodney A. Gabriel, M.D.2, Richard P. Dutton, M.D., MBA3, Richard D. Urman, M.D., MBA4.
1John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL, USA, 2University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA, 3US Anesthesia Partners (USAP), Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA,4Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
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