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Just like other areas of medicine are evolving, anesthesiologists are experiencing changes, but also consistencies. Julie
Anderson, general manager of Sharn Inc., pointed out a couple.
1. Demand for Disposables
The healthcare industry is being pushed to use more
disposables after cases of improper repurposing resulted in
patient infection, causing increased scrutiny from organizations, such as The Joint Commission, she said. “The goal
is patient safety and reduced risk of infection, and no stone
goes unturned it seems,” she observed. For anesthesiologists, this means reusable instruments, such as laryngoscope
blades and handles, are replaced with disposable alternatives,
despite environmental and budget concerns, she explained.
“Disposables offer the logical solution but require a shift in
thinking and may take some getting used to.”
2. Patients are typically older and larger.
As the United States patient population gets older and
more overweight, there’s new challenges in establishing an
airway. “I think the appetite for less traumatic devices contin-
ues to be strong, because the population is getting more chal-
lenging,” Anderson said.
1. Airway products are still in demand.
“Airway management is one of the most important things an
anesthesiologist does,” she said. As a result, there is an array of
options for facilities to use. Video-assisted airway management
options are extremely popular, just like any other video-related
OR product, as are adjunct devices, she said.
2. Suppliers and professionals need to work together.
“It’s important to keep a dialogue open between the clinical
community and industry side of the community – we have to be
partners,” Anderson said. If there’s a steady flow of conversation
and feedback, she said suppliers can support needs and trends
with adequate products. “We help to develop the instruments
and tools that enhance their practice, so their feedback and interaction with us, is really important."
Changes and Consistencies