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5 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 • M a y 2 0 1 7 D ue to fre- netic con- solidation in the anes- thesia mar- ket, an anesthesia group may now comprise more than a thousand anesthesi- ologists and CRNAs spread over a dozen or so states. That can feel daunting when it comes to choosing a group to partner with. How can you tell whether that group is going to be willing to own the process in terms of opti- mizing pain management and patient outcomes? You can learn a lot by looking at a group's patient satisfaction scores, and by talking to administrators and surgeons who've worked with that group at other sites. That may get you a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, but you also want specifics and details before you commit to such an important, potentially long-term, relationship. Here are 10 questions to ask before you sign on the dotted line with an anesthesia group. 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Anesthesia Group Make sure you get the service you deserve and demand from your providers. Sonia Szlyk, MD Fairfax, Va. • STARTING BLOCKS Your prospective anesthesia group should have ample experience with regional anesthesia and continuous nerve blocks, says Dr. Szlyk, shown here administering an ultrasound-guided block. Leslie Brown, RN, BSN

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