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There is a continued shift towards endoscopic instead of open surgical procedures.  Gastroenterologists are now able to access the entire length of the GI tract through the technique of double balloon endoscopy, which may mean a reduction in colorectal surgery cases.  This brief article discusses implications for anesthesiologists — opportunities to provide anesthesia care in the advanced endoscopy suite — and the role of different specialists in the care of endoscopy patients.  Issues involving which specialist is serving as the patient’s primary care physician are covered.

Source:  Tetzloff, J.E., and Maurer, W.G.  Anesthesia in the advanced endoscopy suite: what else can we do outside the O.R.?  Newsletter [American Society of Anesthesiologists];76(19):8-10, Sept. 2012.  Click here for the publisher’s website: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/153a4063#/153a4063/1 Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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