October 24

Rovenstine Lecture: Moving beyond measurement

Using measurement to improve outcomes is all the rage in modern medicine. Many medical specialties, including anesthesia, are collecting data, so the next step is to coordinate those measurements and include the feedback of patients, said Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., on Monday during the Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture.

Future of specialty does not lie in status quo

During the question-and-answer portion of Monday’s “Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Anesthesiology” session, former ASA Vice President for Scientific Affairs Arnold J. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., began his comments by paraphrasing Ronald Reagan: “Status quo is Latin for ‘what got us into this mess.’”

Improving O.R. efficiency means reducing over-utilization

In the O.R., time is money. To run an O.R. efficiently, “reduce your hours of over-utilization,” said Franklin Dexter, M.D., Ph.D. In other words, do what you can to avoid ending later than scheduled.

Anesthesia adjustments needed when treating the elderly

The perioperative treatment of geriatric patients is a challenge because increases in frailty and comorbidities affect how the elderly react to anesthesia and the insult of surgery. Two speakers examined the effects of aging on patients and how to deal with them during Monday’s education session, “The Quick and Dirty on Anesthesia Care for the Complex Geriatric Patient.”

Worthy CAWS: Lecture on workforce data and research seeks questions and answers

“All numbers being presented are wrong.”

That’s the disclosure attendees will receive at the opening of today’s Refresher Course Lecture titled “U.S. Anesthesia Workforce and Group Practice Trends: Data Sources and Research Questions.”

Battling burnout

Physicians are expected to improve or save the lives of their patients, yet a growing number of physicians are struggling to enhance their own lives. It is estimated that 400 U.S. physicians a year commit suicide and thousands of others struggle with burnout. An interactive Tuesday workshop aims to address these issues and provide tools for resilience at work.

Assessing physician fitness a challenge

Gauging a physician’s competency does not end with residency. Supervisors must assess fitness to practice whether an anesthesiologist is just beginning residency training or approaching retirement. Tips to improve the assessment process will be presented during a Tuesday panel assembled by the Society for Education in Anesthesia.

Processes should not change for NORA

Anesthesia is increasingly being used outside the operating room in suites designed for less invasive procedures. The change of scenery still requires the use of standard anesthesiology processes and creates new challenges, which will be explored in a Tuesday education session.