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Anesthesia Alert
Managing MAC
Roxanne McMurray
Publish Date: October 7, 2020   |  Tags:   Anesthesia
A POTENTIAL PROBLEM During deep MAC, the upper airway can become obstructed when the patient's tongue drops into the pharyngeal cavity.   |   Roxanne McMurray, DNP, APRN, ?CRNA

The use of deep monitored anesthesia care (MAC) during outpatient surgeries continues to increase, and for good reason. MAC eliminates the need for general anesthesia and is associated with decreased opioid use, reduced postoperative delirium and sore throat, and less pulmonary and cardiac physiologic disruption. From a facility perspective, you're accommodating patient safety and comfort with practical needs like efficient OR use and faster recoveries — and their associated cost savings.

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