5: Do preoperative anxiolytics improve patient satisfaction?


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We investigate pro and con positions on preoperative anxiolytics.

Pro claim: Preoperative anxiolytics improve patient satisfaction.

Con claim: Preoperative anxiolytics delay recovery and discharge.

My guest is Dr. Matthew Vanneman, an attending cardiothoracic anesthesiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

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