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Anesthesia Shortage Complicates Surgery

Widespread drug shortages are making surgery more complicated. That is the conclusion of a survey conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Over the last year nearly every single physician experienced a problem obtaining crucial medications for anesthesia. Currently, 90 percent of the anesthesiologists surveyed report at least one drug shortage. When these specialists cannot find alternative medications they have had to alter their care or even postpone surgery. Patients who are planning elective surgery are encouraged to talk to their anesthesiologist in advance about how the current anesthesia shortages might affect their care.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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