Activity ID



May 22, 2023

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO)


While over 25 million Americans undergo the risks of medical anesthesia per year, there is a generally low incidence of adverse events. However, anesthesiologists rank 7 out of 28 medical specialties sued for malpractice with about 27% of those suits resulting in payment. Among the reasons for anesthesiology lawsuits are intubation problems and problems with patient monitoring in the perioperative period. The most common outcomes of these problems were cardiac or cardiorespiratory arrest. To these outcomes, emerging issues in anesthesiology have been perioperative respiratory complications caused by opioids, obesity, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This activity will explain how opioids, obesity, and OSA influence the respiratory system, how to screen patients preoperatively for these conditions, and how to prevent and/or deal with perioperative respiratory complications from these conditions.

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Educational Objectives

Explain how opioids, obesity, and obstructive sleep apnea can lead to respiratory problems.
Utilize methods to preoperatively screen patients for potential respiratory problems from opioids, obesity, and obstructive sleep apnea.
Discuss options to prevent or deal with respiratory complications from opioids, obesity, and obstructive sleep apnea in the perioperative setting.


opioids, obstructive sleep apnea, respiratory complications, obesity


Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Rural, Urban

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