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Special Edition: Anesthesia - July 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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4 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 2 0 D uring the peak of the coronavirus out- break, anesthesiolo- gists used their exceptional skills to provide life-saving care under unimaginable pressure. That didn't surprise me one bit. The COVID-19 crisis showed anesthesiologists are far more than just experts in anesthesia care. They are intensivists, leaders in times of change and the source of much medical innovation. They are the collaborators who help create the policies and guidelines that drive team-based care. Most recently, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) collaborated with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) in developing a practical roadmap that guides facilities as they resume elective surgeries. Anesthesia professionals are doers, leaders and master collaborators. They're often the medical directors of ASCs. They're instrumental in creating policies that ensure safe patient care. They use their expertise to guide accrediting organizations and CMS in developing comprehen- On Point Beverly K. Philip, MD, FASA Leading From the Head of the Table Anesthesia pros are positioned to help advance innovative care. BREATHE EASY Expertise in difficult airway management is only one way anesthesia professionals guide safe patient care during outpatient procedures that are growing in complexity. Mike Mackinnon, CRNA

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