IT-Enabled Support for Anesthesia Preoperative Evaluation Clinics
By Lori Cameron
 

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Going under anesthesia might seem like a minor affair to some patients, but it is fraught with potentially dangerous risks. Anesthesiologists ask careful preoperative questions about health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, seizures, and sleep apnea. Patients’ responses, as well as general medical guidelines on cardiac arrest and stroke, help doctors to determine a proper anesthetic care plan. Most hospital information management systems display and store patient records. However, researchers have developed a system that includes medical guidelines and risk-estimating algorithms to help anesthesiologists assess risk factors related to their patients’ medical history.

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About Lori Cameron

Lori Cameron is a Senior Writer for the IEEE Computer Society and currently writes regular features for Computer magazine, Computing Edge, and the Computing Now and Magazine Roundup websites. Contact her at l.cameron@computer.org. Follow her on LinkedIn.