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Feb 14, 2021

"It might just be 'boring old blood pressure ... (but) ... every fourth operation there is evidence of a modifiable risk factor".

The Perioperative Quality Initiative (POQI) is our starting point for this conversation, seven concensus conferences focusing on various topics of interest to the perioperative practitioner. Check out their extensive open source resources here:

Hypotension and Mean Arterial Pressure (MAP) are discussed in detail; how are patients now being managed? How can a 'hazard index' help?

"25% of our patients experience hypotension!"; regular TopMedTalk listeners know this has been frequently highlighted as an issue for patient mortality.

Also, 26 minutes in, hear about the recent POQI and Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative (ADQI) meeting of 2019. "There is no such thing as a bit of a creatinine bump that is 'normal'".

Presented by Desiree Chappell, Monty Mythen and a surprise appearance from Sol Aronson, with their guest Andrew Shaw, Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta and Zone Clinical Department Head for Anesthesia, Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (UK), the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (UK).

Like this, want more?

Find out more about POQI here: "Desiree's Roundtable | What is the Perioperative Medicine Summit?"

For more regarding the papers published by POQI, referenced in this piece, go here: "Sunday Special | Blood Pressure"

We speak with Dan Sessler here:

Also, if you enjoyed Andrew Shaw's take on these issues go listen to this fascinating conversation: "Desiree's Roundtable | Fluids in the 2020's"

Finally, Professor Sol Aronson, tenured, Duke University, who features on this podcast, delivered a talk you're bound to love here: "Perioperative Medicine is population health"