Marquette Anesthesiologists Launch Education Campaign on Complications From Anesthesia

Anesthesiologists at Marquette (Mich.) General Hospital have launched a health education campaign in response to high rates of obesity and diabetes in the state, according to an Upper Michigan Source report.

Michigan's obesity rate is 31 percent, approximately 3 percent higher than the national average. These medical conditions can adversely affect an anesthetic and complicate surgery by causing bleeding problems or issues with oxygenation, according to the report.

The anesthesiologists' campaign involves encouraging patients to speak up about health problems pre-surgery. The anesthesiologist has a responsibility to prescribe an anesthetic tailored specifically to an individual, determine if any special monitoring is needed and anticipate any problems that may arise during surgery.

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