From ride-sharing applications to taxi cabs and public transportation, do outpatient surgical patients all need an escort or ride home after an anesthetic? What constitutes the need and what are the risks of sending patients home without an escort or informal caregiver providing transportation? This pro/con discussion will examine these topics to define a practical approach to keeping patients safe in their recovery.
Demonstrate that not all patients require an escort after anesthesia/surgery and that this is based on older, long acting anesthetics no longer popular in modern ambulatory anesthesia. Select patients using modern short acting anesthetics may be suitable for discharge without escort.
Describe a pragmatic approach for identifying patients who may or may not need a ride or escort home