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Anesthesiology 2014: Comparing Anesthesia Types for Hip Fracture Surgery

The Particulars: Researchers have hypothesized that regional anesthesia may reduce the risk of postoperative mortality among patients undergoing a range of surgical procedures. However, findings of studies on this topic among patients undergoing hip fracture surgery have yielded mixed results.

Data Breakdown: In a study, researchers reviewed more than 73,000 patients who underwent hip fracture surgery from 2007 to 2011 and received general, regional, or combined general and regional anesthesia.…

Anesthesiology 2014: Comparing Anesthesia Types for Colectomy

The Particulars: Studies have shown that anesthesia type can play a role in perioperative outcomes for relatively minor surgeries like knee arthroplasty. However, little is known about these effects for major abdominal surgeries, such as colectomy.

Data Breakdown: Investigators from New York compared data on patients who underwent colectomies with general anesthesia or general/neuraxial anesthesia.…

Anesthesiology 2014: Declining Rates of Adverse Events During Anesthesia

The Particulars: Understanding factors associated with anesthetic complications and “near misses” may help prevent perioperative complications and improve patient safety. However, data are lacking on the nature and incidence of perioperative complications and their risk factors at the national level.

Data Breakdown: An analysis of more than 3 million cases from the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry found that the overall mortality rate among patients who underwent anesthesia was unchanged (0.03%) from 2010 to 2013.…

Anesthesiology 2014: Anesthesiologist-Led Care for TKA Patients

The Particulars: The high perioperative and postoperative costs associated with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) along with increasing demand from the aging United States population is placing greater financial strain on the healthcare system, according to recent data. A fast-tracking pathway for TKA may relieve some of this strain.…

Anesthesiology 2014: Trends in Postoperative Pain Severity

The Particulars: Previous research found that postoperative pain management did not appear to improve from 1995 to 2002. Since that time, there has been greater attention on pain management in the hospital setting. These efforts have likely led to more encouraging outcomes, but data to confirm this assumption are lacking.…

Managing Pain in Obese ED Patients

Weight-based dosing of opioids is a commonly used approach for managing patients who present to the ED with more severe pain. “Many patients who present to the ED with pain are obese or morbidly obese,” says Asad E. Patanwala, PharmD. “Heavier patients often receive larger total doses of opioids when compared with normal weight individuals.…


Anesthesia vs. Surgery: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

"Anesthesia is one of the few specialties that you must consult and work with but have no control over who is assigned to your cases. "

Anesthesiologists Are Having a Bad Year

"About the only thing this anesthesiologist allegedly didn't do was tell a child that the Tooth Fairy isn't real."

The Evolution of Medicine


Modern medicine has helped lead to a surge in average life expectancy, which was only about 36 in the late 1800s. With humans routinely living into their 100s, advances in medical science are to thank. Let’s take a journey through the history of medical advancements.…

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