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CHP Faculty Member Launches a Perioperative Cognitive Evaluation Program (PeCAN)

  • In conjunction with the UF department of anesthesiology, Dr. Catherine Price has launched a Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN) program that is housed in the UF Health Shands Presurgical Center.
  • According to Dr. Price’s research, the pre-operative markers of brain neuroanatomical and functional integrity are risk factors for negative post-operative cognitive outcome, including acute cognitive decline, delirium and mortality for adults age 60 or older.
  • The recently launched PeCAN program evaluates these risk factors by an interdisciplinary team where nurses and clinical anesthesia staff now routinely assess “cognitive vital signs.”
  • This collaborative effort represents a stellar example of translation from clinical research to clinical care.