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Substance Use in Anesthesiology Residents

A significant number of anesthesiology residents appear to have evidence of substance use disorders during training. Relapse rates were also high, indicating that these risks persist after training is completed.

A Look at Opioid Use During Pregnancy

According to NIH data, prescriptions for opioids have increased dramatically in the general population, rising by more than 200 million between 1991 and 2009. In 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists distributed a list as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about treatments or medications that are commonly prescribed in pain medicine but are not always necessary.…

Predicting Prolonged Opioid Use After Surgery

Opioid drug use in patients with chronic pain has been linked to psychological distress and substance abuse. Studies suggest that these factors are often more influential than the intensity of pain patients are experiencing. The determinants of the duration of opioid use after surgery have not been reported in previous research.…

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A Look at Opioid Use During Pregnancy

According to NIH data, prescriptions for opioids have increased dramatically in the general population, rising by more than 200 million between 1991 and 2009. In 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists distributed a list as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about treatments or medications that are commonly prescribed in pain medicine but are not always necessary.…

Predicting Prolonged Opioid Use After Surgery

Opioid drug use in patients with chronic pain has been linked to psychological distress and substance abuse. Studies suggest that these factors are often more influential than the intensity of pain patients are experiencing. The determinants of the duration of opioid use after surgery have not been reported in previous research.…

Surgical Catastrophes and Anesthesiology

The lasting impact of catastrophic events can turn anesthesiologists into a “second victim” of the incident. Healthcare organizations should establish well-defined responses to these situations.

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The Evolution of Medicine

Source: BestMedicalDegrees.com

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.…

Surgical Site Infection Rates: Good or Bad?

Postoperative acute care visits for clinically significant surgical site infections (SSIs) occurred within 14 days after 3.09 of every 1,000 ambulatory operations performed and within 30 days in 4.84 of every 1000 operations, according to a study, published in a recent issue of JAMA.…

5 Strategies for Changing Anesthesia Providers

For hospitals grappling with the question of whether it’s time to find a new anesthesia provider, a white paper published July 12 by Somnia Anesthesia highlights the “best practices” for those looking to make the switch. The paper also reviews signs that indicate a change may be due and explores how to identify and bring a new anesthesia provider onboard.…

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Anesthesia Training: Private Vs Academic Settings

Private practice anesthesiology training appears to be preferred over academic rotations by emergency medicine residents, according to a University of Utah analysis. For those trained in private practice, the average number of intubations was 4.6 per day, compared with 1.5 per day for residents trained in academic settings.…

Assessing Off-Label Anesthesia Use in Pediatrics

A Johns Hopkins University study suggests that many anesthesia drugs used for children are not approved by FDA labels for pediatric use. Of the 106 drugs administered during anesthesia to pediatric patients in the analysis, 36 lacked FDA labeling for pediatric use.…

Comparing Anesthesia Methods for Hip Fracture Surgery

Inpatient mortality and pulmonary complications appear to be lower with regional anesthesia than with general anesthesia in patients undergoing hip frac­ture surgery, according to University of Pennsylvania investigators. When compared with general anesthesia, regional anesthesia had an adjusted odds ratio of mor­tality of 0.71 in hip fracture sur­gery patients.…

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