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November 5, 1973

Medical News

JAMA. 1973;226(6):609-619. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230060001001

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Anesthesiologists express concern over long-term effects of gases  The nation's medical centers are being urged to act as promptly as possible to reduce trace amounts of anesthetic gases and vapors in their operating rooms.This is the gist of a preliminary report from a government-sponsored survey performed by an ad hoc committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).Initial analysis of data from the six-month epidemiologic study (JAMAMedical News 224: 461 [April 23] 1973) will require another two months at least. But committee members advised ASA's House of Delegates last month at the society's annual meeting in San Francisco that there is a strong enough suggestion of a link between chronic exposure to these traces of anesthetic gases and various severe medical disorders to justify the advisory.Concern about possible chronic effects of anesthetic gases has been growing ever since a 1967 report from A.I. Vaisman, MD,