3 September 2013

WHICH 18 MILLION PATIENTS REQUIRE SPECIAL CARE FROM ANESTHESIOLOGISTS?

The number of adults diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea now exceeds 18 million. Their unique risk factors pose specific patient safety challenges for anesthesiology specialists.

Jeffrey S. Jacobs, an anesthesiologist writing for KevinMD.com, recommends following a three-part process to ensure proper care and avoid potentially devastating complications.

  • Identify these patients.
  • Evaluate their condition.
  • Develop an anesthesia plan.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is updating its Practice Guidelines for the Perioperative Management of Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The document, which will include new research, is scheduled for an October 2013 release. Share the Jacobs article with your anesthesiology team. http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/08/anesthesiology-obstructive-sleep-apnea-patient-safety-challenge.html