A Survey of Non-Monetary Institutional Infrastructural Support of Academic Anesthesia Departments in the United States

DOI: 10.4236/ojanes.2013.35062   PDF   HTML     2,705 Downloads   3,828 Views  

Abstract

Financial pressure of multifactorial etiology promises to create new obstacles for academic anesthesia departments. Integrating the priorities of the academic and clinical mission of the anesthesia department, the medical school, and the university hospital will require that anesthesia departments operate with maximal operational efficiency. Maintenance or expansion of institutional infrastructural support of the university anesthesia department will be necessary to achieve operational efficiencies, and to ensure that the safety of our patients is in no way compromised by financial concerns. Previous studies have documented increasing need for monetary institutional supports of academic anesthesia departments [1]. The purpose of this study is to delineate non-monetary institutional support afforded to academic anesthesia departments by their University Hospitals. After IRB approval, we electronically solicited the response to a 63 question survey (43 of which were used for the present study) from all 133 chairpersons of academic anesthesia departments in the United States. The remaining 20 questions were unrelated to the topics presented in this manuscript. 62 responded electronically, for an overall response rate of 46.6%. This study establishes the current state of infrastructural support afforded to academic anesthesia departments in the United States.

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S. Ginsberg, J. Kraidin, C. Gallagher, D. Hoover and A. Solina, "A Survey of Non-Monetary Institutional Infrastructural Support of Academic Anesthesia Departments in the United States," Open Journal of Anesthesiology, Vol. 3 No. 5, 2013, pp. 283-287. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2013.35062.

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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

References

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[2] American Society of Anesthesia Technologists & Technicians, “Position Statement for Anesthesia Technical Coverage,” 2006.

  
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