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  1. Anesthesia practices in the United States common to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Centers.

    Article - En anglais


    Our purpose was to characterize and describe anesthesia practice in programs performing IVF in the United States.


    We used a telephone survey requiring respondents to be either the program director a physician, or a nurse familiar with the practice.

    Two hundred seven (78%) Society ofAssisted Reproductive Technology (SART) registered programs agreed to participate.

    Programs were divided by geographic region and type of practice (academic versus private).


    Ninety-one private (68%) and 41 academic (56%) programs used personnel provided by the Department of Anesthesiology.

    Conscious sedation was performed most commonly (95%). The remaining 5% used primarily either general, regional, or local anesthesia.

    Typical recovery times were 90 to 120 min.

    Average costs of anesthetic administration were $300-$400 and were similar among groups except for the Eastern academic programs, with a higher mean cost of $543.

    Programs using personnel from anesthesiology reported higher costs compared to programs utilizing their own staff ($391 ± 15 vs $157 ± if ; P<0.05).

    Complications were infrequent (<10%) ; no hospitalizations or serious life-threatening incidents were reported.


    A large number of programs safely used their own trained personnel to deliver anesthesia, and realized a significant reduction in cast.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Fécondation in vitro transfert embryon, Anesthésie, Epidémiologie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Pratique professionnelle, Analyse coût, Procréation assistée, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : In vitro fertilization embryo transfer, Anesthesia, Epidemiology, United States, North America, America, Professional practice, Cost analysis, Assisted procreation, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0250735

    Code Inist : 002B20A04. Création : 11/06/1997.