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Office-Based Anesthesia Requires Increased Control, Regulation


Background: Office-based anesthesia (OBA) procedures are exploding in volume and complexity. This increase is partially economically driven with procedures costing 60% to 75% less than hospital-based settings. Objective: To review trends in patient safety and regulation for OBA.  Review: No randomized, prospective studies have been conducted to compare outcomes with OBA with ambulatory care centers (ACC) or hospital settings. One early study showed a 10-fold increased risk for more...
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