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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Zdravka Zafirova, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a concise book on the basic principles and specific challenges of ambulatory anesthesia.
Purpose: The expansion of the scope of outpatient surgery has directed the focus to a better understanding of the unique issues associated with the delivery of anesthesia in ambulatory locations. This book provides guidance to practitioners on the clinical and administrative aspects of outpatient anesthesia.
Audience: Anesthesia providers at all stages of their careers will find this book helpful in expanding their knowledge of the concepts of ambulatory anesthesia and in managing relevant practical matters. Other health professionals involved in ambulatory procedures will also benefit from the expertise of the editors and the authors.
Features: The first few chapters address the perioperative considerations of outpatient surgery, from preoperative evaluation to management of relevant adult and pediatric clinical conditions. The book continues with a directed overview of various anesthetic techniques, enriched by well chosen illustrations appropriate for the handbook format. Chapters addressing postanesthesia and discharge considerations follow. The book concludes with discussions of various administrative and logistical aspects, such as quality management, accreditation and regulations, efficiency and cost containment. These topics are timely and essential, and are important elements of this book. The chapters on minimally invasive and advanced ambulatory surgery as well as anesthesia outside the operating room contribute important insights into the issues associated with these settings.
Assessment: This excellent reference with a unique focus on the practice of outpatient anesthesia is a valuable educational tool for all health professionals participating in outpatient surgery care.