In recent years, our profession has experienced unfathomable advances in diagnosis, pharmacotherapies, and surgical treatments. Amidst this excitement it easy to lose track of the one thing that has not changed since the inception of our profession; that is, the needs and wants of our patients. In this discussion, we turn our focus to our patients. Our primary goal is early restoration of patient well-being. That said, what is well-being and who can best define it? Dr. Atul Gawande, in his NY best selling book Being Mortal, explores the field of human medicine and asks the question: what matters most in the end? and we would be well-served to develop some of that same introspection. In this discussion, we will keep our eye on our patients and look out for what matters most: their well-being.
If you were an attendee at this NAVC Conference and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check with your state licensing bureau regarding your eligibility to receive online credit for an individual session.
Supported and produced by educational grants from Zoetis in conjunction with NAVC 2016 as part of the Zoetis Clinical Challenges: GI Considerations in Anesthesia Symposium.