Sevoflurane use in Veterans Affairs medical centers: Utility, safety, and cost-effectiveness

S. D. Puckett, J. J. Andrews

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Abstract

It has long been realized that the Veterans Affairs (VA) patient has a high incidence of multiorgan system diseases, especially diseases of the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. The typical Birmingham VA Medical Center patient presenting for surgery is male, with a national mean age of 60 years. More than one half of these patients have a significant history of current or prior tobacco abuse, and many have cardiovascular impairments. When sevoflurane became available, a careful review of the characteristics of the drug, as well as cost comparisons of inhaled agents, was done by our department of anesthesia. Sevoflurane appears to be an, ideal inhaled anesthetic for the veteran patient population. If used appropriately, sevoflurane can be administered safely at a cost comparable to desflurane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Volume65
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Veterans
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Safety
Hospital Anesthesia Department
Costs and Cost Analysis
Cardiovascular System
Lung Diseases
Tobacco
Anesthetics
sevoflurane
Incidence
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Population

Keywords

  • Cost comparisons of inhaled agents
  • Desflurane
  • Inhaled anesthetics
  • Sevoflurane
  • Veterans Affairs patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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Sevoflurane use in Veterans Affairs medical centers : Utility, safety, and cost-effectiveness. / Puckett, S. D.; Andrews, J. J.

In: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Vol. 65, No. 2, 1997, p. 136-142.

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