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Manager's Guide to Surgery's Ambulatory Anesthesia - July 2015

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J U LY 2 0 1 5 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 6 7 Patients are sicker and heavier. How sick is too sick and how heavy is too heavy? We're successfully caring for high-acuity patients because our skill sets have evolved dramatically over the past 10 years. Anesthesia providers ultimately decide which patients enter the OR. That's often looked upon favorably by nursing and patient safety advocates, but sometimes not so favorably by those who want patients captured in the revenue stream. Balancing patient safety with convenience is imperative for all locations of surgical care. What challenges do anesthesia providers face as more complex procedures move to same-day surgical facilities? The better our abilities get, the more we're going to push the envelope of shifting patients to the outpatient arena. We're honing our post-op pain management capabili- ties and our discharge skills are getting better. When we put all that together, more challenging procedures will migrate safely to ambulatory facilities. he Gatekeepers of Ambulatory Surgery T Meena S. Desai, MD Anesthesia society leader and patient safety advocate Dr. Desai (mdesai@novaanesthesia.com) is the president of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia and managing partner of Nova Anesthesia Professionals in Villanova, Pa. She's also vice chair of the board of the AAAHC and an active member of the ambulatory surgical committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

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