n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Office-based anaesthesia : main article

Volume 27, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Newer surgical and anaesthetic techniques have allowed a greater number of invasive procedures to be performed in non-hospital settings. Economic advantages and practitioner and patient convenience have driven the rapid growth of office-based surgery (OBS) and office-based anaesthesia (OBA). The advantages of OBS are personal attention, service, aftercare, ease of scheduling, greater privacy, lower cost, increased efficiency, decreased nosocomial infection, and consistency in nursing personnel. In the USA 17 - 24% of all elective ambulatory surgery is performed in the office setting. Data for South Africa are lacking, but there seems to be consistent growth in this area, as anaesthetists and sedationists are called upon more frequently to provide office-based services.

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