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Safety in Remote Locations 

Safety in Remote Locations
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Safety in Remote Locations
Author(s):

Samuel Grodofsky

, Meghan Lane-Fall

, and Mark S. Weiss

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199366149.003.0016
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date: 19 February 2020

Non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) is increasingly prevalent and presents unique challenges to the anesthesiologist. NORA includes procedures performed by gastroenterologists, interventional cardiologists, interventional pulmonologists, radiologists, and surgeons. Members of the anesthesia team must maintain a level of vigilance in the specialized areas where these procedures are performed that is equal to that in a traditional operating room while making accommodations for specialized equipment and rapid turnover. Anesthetic techniques must be chosen so as not to interfere with the proceduralist’s ability to diagnose and treat the underlying problem. In order to ensure optimal safety standards in NORA settings, anesthesiologists should maintain open channels of communication with procedural staff and should become involved in the design and outfitting of NORA locations.

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