Awareness about intraoperative awarenessA guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. During the Civil War, anesthesia was provided by dipping cloth in chloroform or ether and holding it over a patient’s nose and mouth. Today, anesthetic medications are delivered in a controlled (and more civil) manner through specialized devices to provide unconsciousness for surgery. Over the last several ...

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New Year’s resolution: Get healthy to improve surgical outcomesLosing weight can decrease the incidence of several chronic and debilitating diseases, as well as their associated complications and risks during the surgical period. Additionally, it can facilitate recovery after surgery. Obesity increases the risk for:

  • Diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
  • Joint degeneration
  • Cancer
Additionally, obese patients may present special challenges for anesthesiologists:
  • Blood pressure monitoring (finding an appropriate fitting blood pressure cuff)
  • Locating ...

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