Features  |   September 2019
What We Do Matters: Infection Prevention Is Our Duty
Author Affiliations
  • Brenda G. Fahy, M.D., FCCP, MCCM
    Committee on Surgical and Procedural Anesthesia
    Committee on Academic Anesthesiology
  • Brenda A. Gentz, M.D.
    Committee on Surgical and Procedural Anesthesia
    Committee on Academic Anesthesiology
Article Information
Infectious Disease / Features
Features   |   September 2019
What We Do Matters: Infection Prevention Is Our Duty
ASA Monitor 9 2019, Vol.83, 16-18.
ASA Monitor 9 2019, Vol.83, 16-18.
Numerous factors impact hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), many of them being care processes that fall under the responsibility of anesthesiologists as perioperative physicians. Some areas in which anesthesiologists can decrease patients’ infection risks include, but are not limited to, appropriate selection and timely administration of antibiotics, normothermia, glycemic control and hand washing. Infection risks for patients include many HAIs such as lung infection, urinary tract infection (UTI), surgical site infection (SSI) and central line-associated blood stream infection. Anesthesiologists were early pioneers of patient safety and quality improvement to enhance care. Anesthesiologist leadership in multidisciplinary initiatives to improve quality and patient safety continues to this day and remains critically important for delivering the best care to patients.
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