Features  |   April 2013
The Role of the Anesthesiologist in Management of Patients Following Traumatic Injury
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Features   |   April 2013
The Role of the Anesthesiologist in Management of Patients Following Traumatic Injury
ASA Monitor 04 2013, Vol.77, 16-19.
ASA Monitor 04 2013, Vol.77, 16-19.
Trauma is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of death in patients under the age of 44 years. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma defines minimum standards for anesthesiology in Level I ACS-verified trauma centers: anesthesiology services must be promptly available for emergency operations and for airway problems. These anesthesia services must be available in-house 24 hours a day; but this requirement can be met by senior residents and CRNAs – with faculty “promptly available and present for all operations.” This is clearly an opportunity to expand our scope of practice from O.R.-associated staff to a presence that includes the entire “chain of injury”: from pre-hospital through acute care, and on to rehabilitation.
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