The anesthesia database: Knowledge is power

Frank E Block

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Abstract

The first anesthesia databases were of limited usefulness because they contained nothing but the vital signs. Today's anesthesia databases contain a wealth of intraoperative data and sometimes some outcome data. For a full, worthwhile database, complete preoperative and postoperative (outcome) data are essential. One of the major driving forces for the creation of such a database is cost containment and control. In fact, one hospital suggested that improved billing collections would pay for the installation of the database.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-381
Number of pages11
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics of North America
Volume12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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