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  • Make sound, evidence-based decisions on every aspect of patient care: preoperative assessment, monitoring and administration of anesthesia during surgery, postoperative intensive care management, and postoperative pain management.
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Table of Contents

Section I. Introduction

1: Evidence-Based Practice Parameters: The American Society of Anesthesiologists

Section II. Preoperative Preparation

2: Update on Preprocedure Testing

3: Is a Preoperative Screening Clinic Cost-Effective?

4: Who Should Have a Preoperative 12-Lead Electrocardiogram?

5: Is Routine Preoperative Pregnancy Testing Necessary?

6: What Are the Risk Factors for Perioperative Stroke?

7: Should We Delay Surgery in the Patient with Recent Cocaine Use?

8: Should All Antihypertensive Agents Be Continued before Surgery?

9: Is There an Optimal Timing for Smoking Cessation?

10: Which Patient Should Have a Preoperative Cardiac Evaluation (Stress Test)?

11: Should Patients with Stable Coronary Artery Disease Undergo Prophylactic Revascularization Before Noncardiac Surgery?

12: What are the Role and Management of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Noncardiac Surgery?

13: How Should We Prepare the Patient with a Pacemaker/Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator?

14: When Should Pulmonary Function Tests Be Performed Preoperatively?

Section III. Perioperative Management

15: Does the Airway Examination Predict Difficult Intubation?

16: Is there a Best Approach for Patients with Difficult Airways: Regional Versus General Anesthesia?

17: What is the Optimal Airway Management in Patients Undergoing Gastrointestinal Endoscopy?

18: Is There a Best Approach to Induction of Anesthesia in Emergent Situations?

19: Do Inhalational Agents Have Beneficial or Harmful Effects on Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury?

20: Does Anesthetic Choice Affect Surgical and Recovery Times?

21: What Are the Benefits of Different Ventilatory Techniques?

22: Is There an Optimal Perioperative Hemoglobin?

23: When Are Platelets and Plasma Tr


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