Anesthesiology, November 2012 CME

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This course is a part of ANESTHESIOLOGY Journal CME 2012 Annual Subscription

Course Description

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Summary Statement: Intraoperative Cardiac Arrests in Adults Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery. Although rare, intraoperative cardiac arrest (ICA) is a potentially catastrophic event. This case study will highlight the survival outcomes of ICAs in adults undergoing noncardiac surgery and assess ICA incidence, risk factors, and survival outcomes. This case study will emphasize the goal of accentuating primary prevention to avoid the history of high ICA case fatality. The study also stresses that the most important indicator of ICA has been intraoperative blood loss as indicated by the amount of a patient’s blood transfusion.

Article: Goswami S, Brady JE, Jordan DA, Li G. Intraoperative Cardiac Arrests in Adults Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Survival Outcome.

Editorial: Muñoz E III, Pan W. Sometimes you have to revisit the past to understand the present.

Learning Objectives:

The focus of ANESTHESIOLOGY Journal CME is to educate readers on current developments in the science and clinical practice of anesthesiology.

After completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Estimate the risk of intraoperative cardiac arrest (ICA) based on comorbid medical conditions and expected surgical blood loss.
  • Discuss the estimated risk of ICA with the patient, the patient’s family, and the surgical team.
  • Explain the probable outcome of ICA when it does occur to the patient, the patient’s family, and the surgical team.

Faculty & Credentials:

Editor-in-Chief: James C. Eisenach, M.D. receives consulting fees from Adynxx and NeuroGesX.
CME Editors: Leslie C. Jameson, M.D. receives consulting fees and honoraria from Masimo and honoraria from GE Medical. Dan J. Kopacz, M.D. has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Authors: Sumeet Goswami, M.D., M.P.H., Joanne E. Brady, M.S., Desmond A. Jordan, M.D., Guohua Li, M.D., Dr.P.H. have no financial relationships with commercial interests.

ASA Staff: Employees involved in planning have no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Resolutions of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Society of Anesthesiologists will implement mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.


The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Target Audience:

Anesthesiology Journal CME is intended for anesthesiologists. Researchers and other health care professionals with an interest in anesthesiology may also participate.

CME Credit:

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

1.00 Non-physician Credit

Non-physicians may receive a Certificate of Completion stating that this activity was designated for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


Read the article in print or online, and take the CME exam online.

Required Hardware / Software:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Internet connection, web browser version must have been released within the last three years.


Activity Release Date:

10/23/2012 (All day)

Activity Expiration Date:

10/22/2015 (All day)

Estimated Time to Complete:

60 minutes