Educating Iowa to Safeguard Patient Health




As part of anesthesiologists’ mission to continually improve patient care, ASA and the Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA) join forces to educate Iowa patients about risks and the importance of improving overall health to positively impact patients’ anesthesia.

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According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), heart disease has been the leading cause of death in Iowa since 1920. In addition, the IDPH estimates nearly half of Iowa’s adult population (42 percent) has diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Did you know these medical conditions can cause greater risk and complication for a patient during anesthesia?

As the physicians responsible for patients undergoing anesthesia, anesthesiologists are trained to identify potential risks and provide medical intervention when these risks lead to complications. As the physicians committed to your well being and safety, anesthesiologists encourage patients to understand and reduce risks to improve their anesthesiology care.

2012 marks the first wave of Baby Boomers turning 65. Like most states, Iowa’s growing population of senior citizens age 65 and older – more than half of whom will undergo at least one surgical procedure in their lifetime – are also at an increased risk for complications. Anesthesiologists understand, anticipate, and prepare for these risks so they can provide seniors and their families with proper care and thorough consultations.

Who are Anesthesiologists?

Anesthesiologists are the physicians who ensure that patients go in and out of surgery safely, by helping to reduce pain and risk during surgery.

  • Doctors Trained to Protect Your Health: With more than eight years of advanced training and education, anesthesiologists are some of the most highly trained physicians serving their patients. Every day, Iowa anesthesiologists work with their patients to create individualized medical plans to help prevent complications during surgery.

  • Administering and receiving anesthesia is a complicated medical procedure: That is why anesthesiologists manage vital signs and patients’ pain, and safeguards their health throughout the entire surgical experience. Anesthesiologists also are prepared at any moment to make split-second decisions to ensure patient safety.

  • Patient Care and Comfort is Anesthesiologists’ #1 Priority: Before any surgical procedure, anesthesiologists work with other physicians and surgeons to carefully examine a patient’s medical history to identify and anticipate any potential complications and monitor patients throughout their recovery process.

  • Patient Safety: Anesthesiologists have been universally recognized by the Institute of Medicine as the leaders in patient safety. They have the training, skills and perspectives that allow them to coordinate and manage patient safety before, during and after surgical procedures. By working with surgeons and other physicians, as well as hospital administrators and other personnel, anesthesiologists play a key role in providing coordinated care to patients with reduced complications and expenses.

  • Reducing Pain When You Need it Most: Anesthesiologists also work to provide relief for patients suffering from chronic pain, and play an essential role in relieving pain for seriously ill patients in the intensive care unit.

We also encourage you to visit the Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists' site to learn more.

Get Involved

Reaching every patient in Iowa is our highest priority. If you are interested in sharing information or helping us continue spreading the word to Iowa patients, please contact Roxanne Pipitone, ASA Public Relations Manager, at (847) 268-9128 or email us to request our Partner Toolkit.

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