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Fair and Equal Pay? - January 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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T here's no question that evolving technology has revolu- tionized airway management. You'd be hard-pressed to find an anesthesia provider who can't readily recall a time that a newer device helped save the day after a "routine" patient turned out to have a decidedly un-rou- tine airway. But do new technology and better tools change the game when determining whether patients who may have seemed too risky a few years ago might now be viable candidates for outpatient procedures? Among the questions we asked a panel of anesthesia providers was whether they now accept outpatient cases they would have rejected 3 to 5 years ago. Their answer? A 50-50 split. "I've rarely turned down a case due to a difficult airway, but having 1 2 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 Master of the Difficult Airway New devices are making difficult cases safer — and opening the doors to more challenging patients. Jim Burger Associate Editor • CLEAR VIEW Video laryngoscopes are far and away the most frequently cited improvement, eliminating the need to look around corners or move anatomy. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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