Transitions From Hospital to Home

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Worldwide more than 200 million surgeries are performed each year; in the United States more than 50 million inpatient procedures occur annually. In 2009, the World Health Organization demonstrated that…

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Improving Health-Care Quality Through Measurement

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“Wherever we see systematic measurement of results in health-care–no matter what the country–we see those results improve.” Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business Review (October 2013) Extensive evidence exists demonstrating that…

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Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction and Delirium

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Introduction Since the inception of anesthesia changed and expanded surgery, some patients have experienced changes in cognitive function postoperatively. Elderly patients are at higher risk of these changes in neurocognitive…

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Economic Analysis of Perioperative Optimization

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The goal of this chapter is to make the following points: 1. Taxpayers, employers, and employees demand that medicine deliver better value. Physicians need evidence-based medicine to establish which interventions…

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Role of Palliative Care

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Defining Palliative Care Palliative care is defined by the World Health Organization as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated…

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Endocrine and Electrolyte Disorders

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Introduction Perioperative electrolyte and endocrine disorders are dealt with by anesthesiologists on a daily basis. With the rising incidence of diabetes and obesity and their relation to increased morbidity in…

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Acute Respiratory Failure

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Definition Respiratory failure occurs when the lungs fail to oxygenate the arterial blood adequately and/or fail to prevent carbon dioxide retention. Although the definition does not contain any absolute values,…

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Perioperative Protection of the Pregnant Woman

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Introduction Maternal safety surrounding nonobstetrical surgery, labor, and delivery has been seen as one of the greatest triumphs of 20th century medicine. Within living memory, nearly 1% of women in…

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