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175 years of anesthesiology


Raafat S. Hannallah, M.D., is the special speaker for Doctor's Day 2017 at this Grand Rounds session.

Cockerham Lecture - Doctors’ Day Celebration
175 Years of Anesthesiology: It’s all about the Patients
Presented by: Raafat S. Hannallah, MD, FAAP
Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine and of Pediatrics
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Division of Anesthesiology, Children’s National Health System

Many pediatricians send their patients for surgery or to undergo diagnostic procedures under general anesthesia. This lecture will help them understand the potential risks of anesthesia and how safety has improved in recent years. The information will help them answer parents’ questions and alleviate their concerns.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees of this session will be able to:

  1. Recall the first use of ether anesthesia and how it became associated with Doctors’ day.
  2. List the reasons for the improved safety of anesthesia in children today.
  3. Question the rationale for the latest FDA statement on the safety of anesthetic drugs in children younger than three years of age.

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