Notice: Get a jump on 2015 — Pay your 2015 ASA membership dues now!

>

MEETINGS / EVENTS

RSS

January 23 - 25 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015

February 07 - 08 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA Certificate in Business Administration 2015

June 26 - 28 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit

>

FDA MEDWATCH ALERTS

December 18, 2014

0.9 Percent Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container by Baxter: Recall - Particulate Matter

Summary:

FDA MedWatch Recall - Particulate Matter

November 21, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Respironics California, Esprit V1000 and V200 Ventilators: Class I Recall - Power Failure May Occur

Summary:

FDA MedWatch Respironics California Esprit V1000 and V200 Ventilators Class I Recall

November 21, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter: Recall - Mislabeled

Summary:

Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter Recall Mislabeled

>

ASA FEATURED PRODUCT

Add this product to your shopping cart

Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program

SKU: 30701-14CE

... Read more »

Single Copies, Member Price: $360

Anesthetic choice does not affect duration of hospitalization

Findings emphasize importance of following a retrospective study with a prospective trial

Chicago — (June 19, 2013) 

The use of a less-expensive, longer-acting anesthetic (isoflurane) resulted in no difference in duration of hospitalization compared to the use of a more expensive, shorter-acting anesthetic (desflurane or sevoflurane), according to a study from the July issue of Anesthesiology. The results from this prospective trial contradicted results from a retrospective study conducted by the same authors.

Researchers from Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, first completed a retrospective analysis using existing electronic medical records to determine the length of hospitalization for 8,694 adult patients who had been anesthetized with isoflurane, desflurane or sevoflurane. The mean length of hospitalization for isoflurane cases was 2.76 days, compared to 2.56 days for desflurane and 2.49 days for sevoflurane. The duration of isoflurane was statistically significantly longer than with the other two anesthetics.

While early findings of the retrospective study indicated isoflurane prolonged hospitalization, an immediate follow-up prospective study found isoflurane did not prolong hospitalization. In the latter study, isoflurane or sevoflurane was administered, based on the week of surgery, to 1,501 patients. The mean length of hospitalization for isoflurane cases was 4.1 days and it was 4.2 days for sevoflurane, a difference that was not significantly significant.

“The divergence between our retrospective study and our more reliable prospective trial provides evidence that clinicians and patients should only cautiously accept the results of retrospective analyses,” said study author Daniel I. Sessler, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Outcomes Research, Cleveland Clinic. “While the initial retrospective study was consistent with our theory, the more dependable prospective trial showed this was not the case.”

The study authors believe their research illustrates the importance of following a retrospective study with a prospective trial in order to ensure the most accurate outcomes, resulting in the best medical decisions for patients.

For more information on Anesthesiology, visit anesthesiology.org.

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS

Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at asahq.org . To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit asahq.org/WhenSecondsCount. Like ASA on Facebook , follow ASALifeline on Twitter and follow ASA on LinkedIn .

###

Contact:

American Society of Anesthesiologists
pr@asahq.org
847-825-5586