Landmark Anesthesiology Registry Offers New Data on Surgery, By John Gerancher

A new surgical registry launched by the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) has the potential to yield important new data on patient outcomes. The database, called the SAMBA Clinical Outcomes Registry, or SCOR, has already gathered enough information to paint a more detailed portrait of American surgical procedures than was previously possible.

Since its creation in 2010, SCOR has grown to include 38,000 cases. Its data offers a detailed quantitative picture, indicating that the average surgery lasts 38 minutes from the first incision, followed by a stay averaging 45 minutes in the post-anesthesia recovery unit. The registry also offers ample data on the incidence of adverse postsurgical effects, such as nausea. SAMBA plans to continue growing the database and intends to use the information it ultimately collects to develop national benchmarks along with tools for practitioners to measure their own performance, potentially improving the quality of surgical procedures nationwide.

About John Gerancher:

As a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, John Charles Gerancher, also known as J.C., has conducted research on a variety of surgical procedures.

John Gerancher on Wake Forest University’s Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management Section

The Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management Section at Wake Forest University’s Baptist Medical Center focuses on three main areas: patient care, resident education, and clinical research. The first involves improving patient outcomes by practicing regional anesthesia or acute pain management, rather than local or general anesthesia, when appropriate. While some patients and surgeries are not good candidates for regional anesthesia, those that are often have improved outcomes compared to traditional anesthesia techniques.

The resident education arm of the Section involves training new anesthesiologists in the practices and principles of regional anesthesiology during a focused one-month rotation in the department. Thanks to the work of these residents and their supervisors, hundreds of patients at Baptist Medical Center successfully receive regional anesthesia every month.

Through the research arm of the Section, practitioners document their work, discover optimal treatment techniques, and standardize and publicize those that prove most effective in improving patient results to advance the field.

About John Gerancher

Anesthesiologist John Charles “JC” Gerancher designed and implemented the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management Section at Wake Forest University, serving as its Section Head for several years. He holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.