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Background: As specialists in perioperative medicine, anesthesiologists are well equipped to design and oversee the preoperative patient preparation process; however, the impact of an anesthesiologist-led preoperative evaluation clinic (PEC) on clinical outcomes has yet to be fully elucidated. The authors compared the incidence of in-hospital postoperative mortality in patients who had been evaluated in their institution’s PEC before elective surgery to the incidence in patients who had elective surgery without being seen in the PEC.Methods: A retrospective review of an administrative database was performed. There were 46 deaths from 64,418 patients (0.07%): 22 from 35,535 patients (0.06%) seen in PEC and 24 from 28,883 patients (0.08%) not seen in PEC. After propensity score matching, there were 13,964 patients within each matched set; there were 34 deaths (0.1%). There were 11 deaths from 13,964 (0.08%) patients seen in PEC and 23 deaths from 13,964 (0.16%) patients not seen in PEC. A subanalysis to assess the effect of a PEC visit on deaths as a result of failure to rescue (FTR) was also performed.Results: A visit to PEC was associated with a reduction in mortality (odds ratio, 0.48; 95% CI, 0.22 to 0.96, P = 0.04) by comparison of the matched cohorts. The FTR subanalysis suggested that the proportion of deaths attributable to an unanticipated surgical complication was not significantly different between the two groups (P = 0.141).Conclusions: An in-person assessment at the PEC was associated with a reduction in in-hospital mortality. It was difficult to draw conclusions about whether a difference exists in the proportion of FTR deaths between the two cohorts due to smallsample size.
CME Credit: 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
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Activity Release Date:07/19/2016
Activity Expiration Date:07/18/2019
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Learning Objectives:After successfully completing this activity, the learner will be able to do the following:
Recognize the value of complying with preoperative evaluation clinic (PEC) recommendations (1)
Develop an effective PEC process for his or her local clinic (2, 3, 4)
Evaluate his or...
Evaluate his or her PEC for effectiveness in changing in-hospital mortality (5, 6)
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Editor-in-Chief: Evan D. Kharasch, M.D., Ph.D., has reported receiving consulting fees from TEN Healthcare and The Medicines Co., and honoraria from Astra-Zeneca.
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus: James C. Eisenach, M.D., receives consulting fees from Aerial BioPharma LLC and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CME Editors: Leslie C. Jameson, M.D. has reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Dan J. Kopacz, M.D., has an equity position in SoloDex, LLC.
Authors: Jeanna D. Blitz, M.D., Samir M. Kendale, M.D., Germaine E. Cuff, Ph.D., Jung T. Kim, M.D., and Andrew D. Rosenberg, M.D., report no relevant financial relationships withcommercial interests. Sudheer K. Jain, M.D., has reported relationships with Dopf, P.C. and Schiavetti, Corgan, DiEdwards, Weinberg & Nicholson, LLP.
ASA Staff: Kari L. Lee, Editorial Manager, has reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Ginger Yarger, Editor, has an equity position in Merck & Co.
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The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
Core Competencies:Medical knowledge
Target Audience:ANESTHESIOLOGY Journal CME is intended for anesthesiologists. Researchers and other health care professionals with an interest in anesthesiology may also participate.
CME Credit: 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
1.00 Non-physician Credit Non-physicians may receive a Certificate of Completion stating that this activity was designated for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Activity Release Date: 7/19/2015 (All day) Activity Expiration Date: 7/18/2019 (All day)
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