The Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, a group that aims to promote the cross-fertilization between anesthesiology and sleep medicine, encourage studies determining the associations between sleep-disordered breathing and examine methods of minimizing perioperative risk, among other goals.
According to the report on sleep medicine and anesthesia, published in Anesthesiology, sleep apnea is associated with substantial morbidity and increased risk of postoperative complications. Studies have shown an association between obstructive sleep apnea and the development of hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke and metabolic syndrome.
Sleep medicine and anesthesiology both deal with significant changes in autonomic control associated with the loss of waking consciousness, the report outlines. The SASM urges all anesthesiologists to embrace the role of a perioperative sleep physician.
SASM is organizing another pre-convention conference on Oct. 14, 2011 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting in Chicago. Anyone who wishes to join the Society or attend the annual meeting is invited to contact its secretary, Norman Bolden, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org