Articles  |   July 2017
2017 Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture – ‘Quality Anesthesia: Medicine Measures, Patients Decide’ Lee A. Fleisher, M.D.
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  • David J. Wlody, M.D.
    Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight
    Chair
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Infectious Disease / Quality Improvement / Articles
Articles   |   July 2017
2017 Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture – ‘Quality Anesthesia: Medicine Measures, Patients Decide’ Lee A. Fleisher, M.D.
ASA Monitor 07 2017, Vol.81, 30-31.
ASA Monitor 07 2017, Vol.81, 30-31.
Earlier this year, 2017 Rovenstine Lecturer Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., received a letter from a patient asking what was going on at Penn’s anesthesia department. Both she and her friend, the letter writer said, had been uncomfortably delirious after their surgeries. No definitive answer could be given to this patient except to say that her temporary neuropsychiatric changes might have been caused by anything from anesthesia, to surgery, to simply the natural course of disease.
According to Dr. Fleisher, it was very clear, though, that the patient and her friend were not adequately prepared for all the potential side-effects of surgery.
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