It is 3:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, and I am bringing my last patient out of the operating room. Everyone is in great spirits: a smooth case and an early finish at our surgical center. The patient has already awakened, stretching his arms, and clearly comfortable. “Everything went alright, doc?” I smile, knowing that I will be repeating what I am about to say a few more times as the anesthesia wears ...


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