Anesthesiologists Recovering From Chemical Dependency: Can They Safely Return to the Operating Room?

Oreskovich, Michael R.; Caldeiro, Ryan M.
July 2009
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Jul2009, Vol. 84 Issue 7, p576
Academic Journal
The article explores the challenges associated with treating chemically dependent physicians. If using opioids led to a more aggressive manifestation of addiction, this will account for the overrepresentation of anesthesiologists in treatment. Many studies have debated the outcome if anesthesiologists will return to work after treatment for chemical dependency. Those who are cleared to return to operating room practice should participate in a physician health program (PHP)-mandated monitoring.


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