Office-based anesthesia for children.
The use of office-based surgery and anesthesia will continue to grow. The anesthesia community has embraced the opportunity to become a driving force of office-based surgery and has organized into rapidly growing groups that promote safe practice in the office setting. The Society for Office-Based Anesthesia was developed to continuously improve patient safety and outcomes in office surgery. This group has an active Web site (www.soba.org) that allows for online discussions and widespread participation in working toward the society's stated goal. This Web site may be used as a reference for physicians in the process of considering the move to office-based anesthesia. The advantages of office-based anesthesia are numerous. The financial incentives are tremendous and the convenience to the patient and surgeon is important. For office anesthesia to be successful in children, patient safety, proof of improved outcomes, and family and surgeon satisfaction must be the goals. Anesthesia providers must continue to take active roles in organizing the office environment to ensure that safety is paramount. As the field grows, additional ways to study and improve the overall care children receive in the office should be sought. In the near future, office practice for surgery and anesthesia for children undergoing minor procedures should be a safe and effective alternative to current practices.
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