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Free CME Here, Get Your Free CME!

Free CME Here, Get Your Free CME! | Guest Blog

For physicians practicing in most states (what gives, Indiana?), obtaining continuing medical education credits is a necessity, like it or not. For license registration, 54 boards require anywhere from 12 hours (Alabama) to 50 hours (a few states) of CME per year.…

Anesthesia-Related Injuries & Mortality

Anesthesia-Related Injuries & Mortality | Opinion Article

There have been significant improvements in patient safety with the administration of anesthesia, and research has shown there has been a decline in anesthesia-related deaths. However, some studies suggest that patterns of anesthesia-related injuries are evolving. “While these events are infrequent, it’s important to understand the mechanisms of these injuries in order to improve outcomes,” says Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM.…

Medscape’s 2015 Physician Compensation Report

Medscape’s 2015 Physician Compensation Report | Opinion Article

Nearly 20,000 physicians across 25 specialties responded to Medscape’s 2015 Compensation Survey. Check out our infographic!

The top three earners this year are Orthopedics (421k), Cardiology (376k), and Gastroenterology (370k). When compared with Medscape’s 2014 Compensation Report, Urology (344k) dropped from the #3 spot to the #7 spot.…

Woman Refuses Episiotomy, Gets One Anyway

Woman Refuses Episiotomy, Gets One Anyway | Guest Blog

"This case is not about malpractice. It is about the right of a patient to refuse an intervention. While the doctor stood with scissors in hand, the patient can clearly be heard saying, 'Don’t cut me.'"

Anesthesiology 2014: Comparing Anesthesia Types for Hip Fracture Surgery | Guest Blog

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 | Guest Blog

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 | Guest Blog

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 | Guest Blog

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 | Guest Blog

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

Managing Pain in Obese ED Patients | Opinion Article

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.…

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