Editorial  |   September 2019
Procedural and Surgical Anesthesia
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  • N. Martin Giesecke, M.D.
    Editor, ASA Monitor
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Critical Care / Infectious Disease / Patient Safety / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring / Editorial
Editorial   |   September 2019
Procedural and Surgical Anesthesia
ASA Monitor 9 2019, Vol.83, 4-5.
ASA Monitor 9 2019, Vol.83, 4-5.
This month, Monitor readers will see features on “Procedural and Surgical Anesthesia.” Topics covered include infection control from the point of view of anesthesiologists, pro and con arguments on accreditation of an institutional diagnostic ultrasound service, waste anesthesia gases, and the part played by ASA’s Committee on Surgical and Procedural Anesthesia (COSPA) in intersociety collaboration.
In their article “What We Do Matters,” Drs. Fahy and Gentz bring to our attention the many different ways in which anesthesiologists can affect infection control. They provide us with a very complete synopsis of the many ways we can mitigate risks of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). One of my previous editorials commented on how significant our contamination can be of the anesthesia workspace after an intubation. Drs. Fahy and Gentz go into more detail about this, and they refresh our understanding of infection control practices in numerous other facets of anesthesia care.
2 Comments
September 6, 2019
Faiz Hasham
Staten Island University Hospital
What we do matters
It is an unfortunate truth that a majority of proceduralists take for granted that I.V. sedation is simplistic and that "it is not really anesthesia." What is even more unfortunate, if an adverse effect occurs, the proceduralist turns to the anesthesiologist for rescue.
September 8, 2019
Sridhar Jami
Campbellton Regional Hospital
What we do matters!
Every procedure done in the operating room must be under the care of anesthesiologist. What we do matters, especially when rare complications happen. At our center, we stand by for procedures like cataracts, lumbar epidural blocks and carpal tunnel release. 
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