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On Point: Anesthesia Advance's Pace Outpatient Care

Skilled providers are helping you add increasingly complex procedures.

Girish Joshi

Girish Joshi, MD


Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR
EXPERT TOUCH Anesthesia providers have a direct and significant impact on case efficiencies and outcomes.

Surgeons perform cutting-edge care and nurses are the heart of health care, but it’s anesthesia providers who have their fingers on the pulse of same-day surgical care. Their abilities to effectively prevent and manage pain, prevent PONV, titrate sedation levels and secure the most difficult of airways determine how quickly and safely patients move through your facility.

Anesthesiologists are increasingly more involved throughout the entire episode of care in order to optimize patients for surgery, see them safely through procedures and prepare them for excellent outcomes. Same-day surgery accounts for about 70% of all elective procedures performed in the United States, and with total joints, thyroidectomies and hysterectomies joining a growing list of complex procedures that no longer have to be performed in inpatient ORs, anesthesia’s role in your surgical team’s ability to perform effective and efficient care has never been more important.

  • Giving the green light. You wouldn’t be able to perform complex surgeries in your ORs without the approval and skill of anesthesiologists. Their abilities to assess individual patients’ comorbid conditions in the context of scheduled procedures and planned anesthesia techniques are critical to identifying appropriate candidates for same-day surgery. Providers can turn high-risk candidates into lower-risk patients by addressing triggers for complications — excess weight, cardiopulmonary disease and sleep apnea, to name a few — long before the day of surgery.
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