SAMBA: Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia

By September 9, 2019Uncategorized

The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) strives to be the leader in perioperative—i.e., before and after surgery—of the ambulatory surgical patient.1 Ambulatory anesthesia is used for ambulatory surgery, which is a surgical procedure where the patient does not need to stay overnight in a hospital (outpatient, office-based and non-operating room procedures), and it includes general, regional, local and sedation anesthetics.2 Tens of millions of ambulatory surgery procedures, including endoscopy and cataract surgery, are performed per year,3 and the number and variety of procedures are rapidly growing.2 Because of the rising popularity of ambulatory surgery, ambulatory anesthesia and SAMBA are important factors in today’s medical system. According to SAMBA, its goals are to advance the practice of ambulatory anesthesia, to promote high ethical and professional standards, to provide professional guidance for the practice of perioperative care of ambulatory surgical patients and to foster and encourage education and research.1 Its officers are medical doctors,4 while its board of directors includes lawyers, medical doctors and businesspeople.5 Members can include physicians, scientists, teachers, non-physician providers of ambulatory anesthesia care, anesthesiology residents and honorary contributors.6 Overall, SAMBA represents a diverse group of professionals who aim to improve and learn about the quickly growing field of ambulatory anesthesia.

Given SAMBA’s missions to educate physicians and patients about ambulatory anesthesiology and to provide guidance to ambulatory anesthesia providers,7 SAMBA provides its members with events, meetings, fellowships, webinars, research awards and other opportunities.8 Its fellowship curriculum, developed by the Fellowship Taskforce for the SAMBA Ambulatory Anesthesiology Fellowship Program and approved by the SAMBA board in October 2009, aims to provide trainees with competencies ranging from patient care to medical knowledge, as well as s