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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.…

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.…

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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.…

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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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

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.…

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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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