American Society of Anesthesiologists - The Brain Health Initiative

The Brain Health Initiative

What is the Brain Health Initiative?

Delirium and cognitive changes after surgery and anesthesia are a major challenge from the perspective of patient care as well as its association with increased costs and complications.

The ASA Brain Health Initiative (BHI) has engaged a multidisciplinary group to work with providers, payers and the public to create a low barrier access program to minimize the impact of pre-existing cognitive deficits, and optimize the cognitive recovery and perioperative experience for adults 65 and older undergoing surgery.

A full background on the initiative is available in the June 2016 issue of the ASA MONITOR.

The public:
The BHI hopes to inform the public about the risks of surgery and anesthesia on postoperative cognition in the vulnerable brain and be informed of strategies to reduce that risk.

The providers:
The BHI hopes to inform and motivate providers to implement strategies to reduce postoperative delirium and cognitive dysfunction.

The payers:
The BHI hopes to educate the payers about the gaps in knowledge regarding these conditions. 

More information will be available soon on this important initiative. 

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