New Public Education Campaign on Anesthesia Launches to Help Make Iowa Healthiest State

Article ID: 591632

Released: 19-Jul-2012 9:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

American Society of Anesthesiologists and Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists Educate Patients to Keep Them Safe

Newswise — DES MOINES, IOWA – July 19, 2012 – The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA) today launched a public education campaign to help put the minds of Iowa residents at ease about surgical procedures and the associated risks of anesthesia.

Iowa suffers from some of the highest rates of heart disease and diabetes in the country. These illnesses carry greater risks during surgery. Iowa anesthesiologists, who combine four years of medical school and an additional four to five years of advanced training as anesthesiology residents, are specifically trained to ensure at risk patients receive the highest degree of safety during anesthesia.

The campaign is designed to educate patients not only about anesthesia, but how to mitigate the risks that accompany surgery and increase awareness about patient safety. Central to the campaign is raising awareness among all Iowans about the unbreakable link between the quality of care patients receive and their overall health.

“All patients in Iowa have a right to access the safest care in the state, especially when it comes to the administration of anesthesia,” said ISA President Sherif H. Tewfik, M.D. “Anesthesia is a complicated medical procedure. That is why anesthesiologists manage vital signs throughout the entire surgical experience and are prepared at any moment to make split-second decisions to ensure patient safety.”

ASA and ISA believe the campaign will be one step toward achieving the goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.

To learn more about the campaign, please visit

The American Society of AnesthesiologistsAnesthesiologists: Physicians providing the lifeline of modern medicine. Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association with 48,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.

For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists website at For patient information, visit

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