It’s another day in the O.R. with another day of surprises. Lately, however, the revelations aren’t the medical complexities of the patient or the cause of O.R. delay (never anesthesia, of course). For too long, the primary question has been, “what medications will I not have available today?”
The opioid epidemic is one of the largest and most recent public health crises to strike the United States, with the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupling between 1999 and 2014. To combat this growing epidemic, research has been conducted
to identify those at highest risk of death secondary to opioid overdose.
ASA has recently enhanced its existing suite of moderate sedation education offerings to also include deep sedation for non-anesthesiologists. Physician anesthesiologists have the greatest level of expert medical knowledge regarding safe delivery of medical sedation for invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.