Anesthesiology prides itself in its safety record, yet there are many remaining dangers to the patient in the perioperative period that need (and are receiving) our attention. FAER has supported and is supporting some remarkable young physicians advancing discovery and implementation of enhanced recovery.

We don’t commonly consider preoperative testing as important to enhanced recovery. Catherine Chen, M.D., at UC San Francisco, through her FAER mentored research training grant, has been asking about risks associated with unnecessary preoperative medical testing for patients undergoing cataract surgery. In work published in The New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA Ophthalmology, she shows that these tests still occur quite frequently among Medicare patients, that testing is driven by individual physicians rather than by severity of patient illness, and that tests are often ordered shortly after surgery is scheduled, oftentimes well beyond...

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