American Society of Anesthesiologists

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A·mer·i·can So·ci·e·ty of An·es·the·si·ol·o·gists (ASA) Pa·tient Clas·si·fi·ca·tion Sta·tus

(ă-mer'i-kăn sŏ-sī'ĕ-tē an'ĕs-thē'zē-ol'ŏ-jists pā'shĕnt klas'i-fi-kā'shŭn stat'ŭs)
A five-level thumbnail assessment of patients' condition: I, healthy; II, mild systemic disorder; III, severe systemic disorder; IV, severe systemic disorder with threat to life; and V, state of illness sufficiently dire so as to indicate death within 24 hours without surgical intervention.
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The first actual organization was the Long Island Society that evolved in 1911 into the New York Society of Anesthetists (NYSA) located in Manhattan with 23 members and then in 1913 into the American Association of Anesthetists (AAA), finally becoming the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in 1945, thus recognizing the scientific foundations of anaesthesia.

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