Anesthesia, outcomes, and public health: Changing health care while "asleep"

Jashvant Poeran, Madhu Mazumdar, Stavros G. Memtsoudis

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More than 50 million surgical procedures are performed annually in the United States, with perioperative complications and related long-term adverse outcomes profoundly affecting the nation's health. A growing number of studies recognize that type of anesthesia, a main determinant of perioperative care, is associated with perioperative morbidity and mortality. Emerging data suggest, for example, that anesthesia may be a determinant of cancer recurrence after surgery. Further research is needed to elucidate the impact of anesthesia-related factors on short-and long-term health outcomes. Progress in this area of medicine and its public-health consequences will depend largely on the interest of the public, researchers, and health care policy makers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-194
Number of pages3
JournalRegional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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