Survey of anesthesiologists on anesthetic maintenance techniques and total intravenous anesthesia for endoscopic sinus surgery

Yuki Yoshiyasu, Veronica F. Lao, Samuel Schechtman, Douglas A. Colquhoun, Sabrina Dhillon, Philip G. Chen

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Background: Inhalational anesthesia and total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) are techniques used for maintenance of general anesthesia for endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). Growing evidence exists that TIVA may be associated with decreased bleeding and improved surgical fields, yet data suggest it is used in a minority of sinus surgery cases. The objective of this study was to investigate perceptions and approaches to anesthetic maintenance techniques in ESS among anesthesia providers. Methods: A total of 719 anesthesiology residents, faculty, and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) at 3 tertiary academic centers in the United States were invited to participate in a survey of considerations and practice patterns for inhalational anesthesia and TIVA for ESS. Results: Responses were received from 200 participants (28%). Sixty-five percent of respondents reported a lack of familiarity with current literature on TIVA for ESS. Many considered factors other than surgical field visualization when choosing a maintenance technique. Most were comfortable with performing TIVA but stated they would participate in additional training. Conclusion: The majority of anesthesiology providers were unaware of the existing literature demonstrating advantage in improved surgical visualization with TIVA. Many used a combination of inhaled and intravenous anesthetics for maintenance. These findings suggest that future opportunities may exist to develop education, training, and practice approaches specific to anesthetic techniques for ESS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Forum of Allergy and Rhinology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • TIVA
  • education
  • endoscopic sinus surgery
  • inhalational anesthesia
  • total intravenous anesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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