There are > 40,000,000 operations and procedures carried out in the
United States each year. The time prior to, during, and following these
events is of great interest and importance to ACCP members, to say
nothing of our patients. We have pulmonologists, cardiologists,
anesthesiologists, intensivists, and surgeons as members of the ACCP,
and the perioperative period is a time when all of these specialists
meet and bring their expertise to bear for the benefit of the patient.
If by our efforts we are able to reduce the perioperative morbidity and
mortality even a little bit, we will have performed a valuable service.