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Medical News & Perspectives
April 17, 2002

Changes in Anesthesiology Practice Are Explicated

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JAMA. 2002;287(15):1924-1926. doi:10.1001/jama.287.15.1924-JMN0417-2-1

San Diego—Scientific research and evidence-based medicine explain changes in modern anesthesiology practice, imply investigations presented here at the Clinical and Scientific Congress of the International Anesthesia Research Society. Emphases on safety, ambulatory procedures, patient satisfaction, and outcomes research drive basic science and clinical studies in the varied domains of anesthesiology and critical care.

Obstetrical anesthesia care ranges from provision of analgesia for labor and vaginal delivery to critical care for high-risk mothers and infants in need of emergency cesarean delivery. Preeclampsia, a common disorder affecting 5% to 8% of all pregnancies, can alter the coagulation system, making regional anesthesia and analgesia for labor in patients with the disorder controversial in the eyes of many clinicians.