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An overview of anesthetic procedures, tools, and techniques in ambulatory care

Authors Messieha Z

Received 3 September 2014

Accepted for publication 2 October 2014

Published 27 January 2015 Volume 2015:2 Pages 21—28

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AA.S53279

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Gildasio S De Oliveira Jr.


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Zakaria Messieha

Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA


Abstract: Ambulatory surgical and anesthesia care (ASAC), also known as Same Day Surgery or Day Care in some countries, is the fastest growing segment of ambulatory surgical and anesthesia care. Over 50 million ambulatory surgical procedures are conducted annually comprising over 60% of all anesthesia care with an impressive track record of safety and efficiency. Advances in ambulatory anesthesia care have been due to newer generation of inhalation and intravenous anesthetics as well as airway management technology and techniques. Successful ambulatory anesthesia care relies on patient selection, adequate facilities, highly trained personnel and quality improvement policies and procedures. Favoring one anesthetic technique over the other should be patient and procedure-specific. Effective management of post-operative pain as well as nausea and vomiting are the final pieces in assuring success in ambulatory anesthesia care.

Keywords: ambulatory anesthesia, out-patient anesthesia, Day-Care anesthesia

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