Clinical Initiatives

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a disease which affects millions of people around the world. Snoring, periods of apnea (not breathing) at night, and daytime somnolence (drowsiness) are just some of the symptoms of this disease. If severe enough and left untreated, this disease can lead to serious pulmonary and cardiac disease. Burlington Anesthesia Associates are spearheading an effort to improve the perioperative care of this important and ever increasing patient population. We are doing this by utilizing recent recommendations published by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and working in conjunction with various departments throughout Virtua-Memorial Medical Center. Our goals are: 1) to help better identify at risk patients preoperatively and if necessary begin a treatment regimen prior to surgery, 2) to improve our intraoperative and postoperative care of these patients with methods which may include increased monitoring of these patients particularly in the postoperative setting, implementation or continuation of CPAP/BIPAP therapies in the postoperative period, and avoidance of certain anesthetics and medicines which may worsen symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Our obstructive sleep apnea program is an example of how Burlington Anesthesia Associates strives to provide state of the art anesthesia care to its patients.

Perioperative Cardiac Risk Reduction

Cardiovascular disease (including but not limited to high blood pressure, coronary artery and/or peripheral vascular disease) is widespread. Patients with cardiovascular disease often require surgery that is unrelated to their cardiovascular condition. Helping to reduce cardiovascular risk in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery has become a priority for us. Burlington Anesthesia Associates has assembled a group of doctors who, periodically, review the medical literature for evidence based information on this important subject. By incorporating the current literature into our practice and developing our own “best practice” models and treatment algorithms, we are practicing evidence based medicine. The Perioperative Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Protocol is just one example of how our group is committed to providing the safest and highest quality anesthesia care to all of our patients.