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Special Problems or Issues in Anesthesiology 

Special Problems or Issues in Anesthesiology
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Special Problems or Issues in Anesthesiology
Author(s):

Cheryl Gore

and Imelda Tjia

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199381623.003.0031
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date: 23 October 2019

Several conditions may pose a challenge to the anesthesiologist, including physician impairment or disability, substance abuse, fatigue, aging, and visual and auditory impairment. Several modalities exist to assist the anesthesiologist in need of treatment and or rehabilitation. Anesthesia practice goes beyond anesthesia equipment, pharmacology, and physiology. Social and legal considerations must also be addressed. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) secures patients’ protected health information (PHI). In order to provide anesthesia care, it is crucial that anesthesiologists discuss the risks, benefits, plan, and alternatives with patients or guardians. Given the extreme frequency of reconstituting and administering drugs, the risk of medication error must be addressed. There exist several safety measures that will help reduce or prevent medication and other errors. Finally, professionalism and maintaining appropriate licensure are essential in providing exceptional patient care.

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