Outpatient Anesthesia Morbidity and Mortality Experience Among Massachusetts Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.


Professor and Chairman, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University, Boston, MA. Electronic address: [Email]


OBJECTIVE : The purpose of this retrospective study was to document the prevalence of different complications and the mortality rate for outpatient procedures performed under anesthesia by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
METHODS : A mailed questionnaire was filled out by active members of the Massachusetts Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons who practiced using the single-operator-anesthetist model. Morbidity and mortality information was acquired for calendar years 2015 and 2016.
RESULTS : The findings of this study were consistent with those of previous publications on the same topic. No office deaths occurred, and the mortality rate was 0 of 431,680 patient visits. The prevalence of other anesthesia-related complications was low.
CONCLUSIONS : On the basis of the results of our study, we can conclude that the office-based team model used by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Massachusetts for the delivery of outpatient anesthesia is safe with a low complication rate.

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