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Anesthesia Considerations for Geriatric Outpatients

  • Kathryn E. McGoldrick

Abstract

During the past two decades, ambulatory anesthesia has matured and expanded. With ambulatory surgery currently accounting for almost 80% of all surgical procedures performed in the United States, it has become undisputedly the dominant mode of surgical practice in North America, as well as in many of the world’s other developed nations. Several factors have contributed to the phenomenal growth of outpatient surgery, including economic pressures; technologic advances that allow minimally invasive surgery; and new, short-acting drugs and anesthetic agents that have dramatically improved our ability to prevent and treat postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV)1 and to manage postoperative pain. Nonetheless, ambulatory anesthesiologists cannot afford the luxury of resting on our laurels. To paraphrase the gifted poet, Robert Frost, we still have miles to go before we sleep....

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Apnea Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Regional Anesthesia Geriatric Patient 
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  • Kathryn E. McGoldrick
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  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyNew York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA

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