Features  |   August 2015
Postanesthesia Discharge Scoring System for Pediatric Patients Undergoing Ambulatory Surgery
Author Affiliations
  • Girish P. Joshi, M.B.B.S., M.D., FFARCSI
    Educational Track Subcommittee on Ambulatory Anesthesia
    Chair
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Ambulatory Anesthesia / Pediatric Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   August 2015
Postanesthesia Discharge Scoring System for Pediatric Patients Undergoing Ambulatory Surgery
ASA Monitor 08 2015, Vol.79, 16-18.
ASA Monitor 08 2015, Vol.79, 16-18.
Advances in surgical techniques and anesthetic delivery coupled with paradigm shifts related to health care delivery and finance have dramatically increased the throughput of pediatric surgical patients in the ambulatory care setting. In just a 10-year span, we have seen an almost 50 percent increase in the number of anesthetics delivered to children in ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), totaling 2.3 million in 2006.1  With the increase in surgical procedures performed on an outpatient basis, ASCs are forced to be more efficient with respect to rapid discharge home. Therefore, strategies for efficiently assessing postoperative “home readiness” will be imperative to keep up with the throughput demands of pediatric patients in ASCs.
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