ASPOM - Anesthesia, Sleep, Perioperative Medicine

The Value, Importance, and Oversight of Clinical Research

Types of Research


Sleep Apnea - is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep. The main types of sleep apnea are: Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.

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Sleep - a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.

Patient Safety - the prevention of errors and adverse effects to patients associated with health care. While health care has become more effective it has also become more complex, with greater use of new technologies, medicines and treatments.



Monitoring - observe and check the progress or quality of (something) over a period of time; keep under systematic review.

Perioperative Medicine - is the medical care of patients from the time of contemplation of surgery through the operative period to full recovery, but excludes the operation or procedure itself.



Pain - physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury.

Morbid Obesity - is a Serious Health Condition. An individual is considered morbidly obese if he or she is 100 pounds over his/her ideal body weight, has a BMI of 40 or more, or 35 or more and experiencing obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.





Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) - is a treatment program based on the best available medical science. ERAS is a multimodal perioperative care pathway designed to achieve early recovery for patients undergoing major surgery.

Nausea and Vomiting - most often are due to viral gastroenteritis - often mistakenly called stomach flu - or the morning sickness of early pregnancy. Many medications can cause nausea and vomiting, as can general anesthesia for surgery. Rarely, nausea and vomiting may indicate a serious or even life-threatening problem.





Ambulatory Anesthesia - is the administration of medications in the outpatient setting that induce either general anesthesia in which the patient is totally asleep or sedation in which the patient is in a semi-conscious state.