Quick Quiz for CRNA students

  1. Hi y'all. This will be the easiest "anesthesia question" many of you hear today:

    Are you noting some form of "ASA Physical Status" classification on your anesthesia records? If so, which? (The older ASA I, ASA II, ASA III, etc, or the newer P1-P6?)


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  3. by   gaspassah
    asa's are what we use
  4. by   Brenna's Dad
    ASA classifications.

    Haven't heard of P1-P6.
  5. by   charles-thor
    I'm using the ASA classifications. Would anyone mind explaining the P1-6 scale?
  6. by   NCgirl
    ASA here too.
  7. by   austinrobi
    Here are the "Ps" for those who wonder. I got this from the ASA web site; address noted at the bottom...
    P1 A normal, healthy patient.
    P2 A patient with mild systemic disease.
    P3 A patient with severe systemic disease
    P4 A patient with severe systemic disease that is a constant threat to life.
    P5 A moribund patient who is not expected to survive without the operation.
    P6 A declared brain-dead patient whose organs are being removed for donor purposes.
    A suffix of E added to P1-P5 delineates the procedure as Emergent.

    In "my day" we used the ASA I, II, etc. So I was just wondering when the change to the P1 P2 came about....but maybe it really hasn't! Actually, if you plug "ASA physical status classification" into a search engine, you get an interesting mix of info......

    Thanks to all who responded.....Keep up the good work!

    Austinrobi CRNA
  8. by   Brenna's Dad
    So, it's really the same scale then, except for the addition of the brain-dead classification.
  9. by   athomas91
    ASA here... the P scale is seemingly the same though.....haven't seen it yet...