Anesthesiology, May 2013 CME

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Member price: $10.00
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This course is a part of ANESTHESIOLOGY Journal CME 2013 Annual Subscription

Course Description

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Perioperative Comparative Effectiveness of Anesthetic Technique in Orthopedic Patients by Memtsoudis SG, Sun X, Chiu YL, et al. 

Summary: Controversy continues to surround the impact of anesthetic technique on perioperative outcomes. A recent study of primary joint arthroplasty patients sought to determine whether neuraxial anesthesia favorably influences perioperative outcomes. In this study, patients who underwent primary hip or knee arthroplasty were divided further into groups according to anesthesia technique: general, neuraxial, and combined neuraxial–general. A review of data from almost 400,000 patients found that major morbidity and mortality were significantly lower in those who received neuraxial anesthesia.

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:

  • Critically review emerging clinical information for applicability to practice.
  • Describe the epidemiology and demographic profile of patients having total joint arthroplasty.
  • Assess the likelihood of postoperative systemic complications associated with anesthetic technique for total joint arthroplasty. 

Faculty & Credentials:

Editor-in-Chief: James C. Eisenach, M.D. receives consulting fees from Adynxx, NeuroGesX, and Vertex.

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.

AuthorsStavros G. Memtsoudis, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.C.P., Xuming Sun, M.S., Ya-Lin Chiu, M.S., Ottokar Stundner, M.D., Spencer S. Liu, M.D., Samprit Banerjee, Ph.D., M.Stat., Madhu Mazumdar, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., Nigel E. Sharrock, M.B., Ch.B. have no financial interest in or affiliation with any commercial supporter or providers of any commercial services discussed in this educational material.

ASA Staff: Employees involved in planning have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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, take the CME exam online, complete an evaluation and claim your CME credits.

Required Hardware / Software:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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

Activity Release Date:

04/23/2013 (All day)

Activity Expiration Date:

04/22/2016 (All day)

Estimated Time to Complete:

60 minutes