A Look at Opioid Use During Pregnancy | Opinion Article

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

Laughing Gas | Opinion Article

The Evolution of Medicine | Medical Blog

Source: 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

Surgical Site Infection Rates: Good or Bad? | Medical Blog

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

Anesthesiology 2013: Trends in PACU Complications | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Time spent in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) has been identified as a source of much patient morbidity in previous studies. The incidence of PACU

Anesthesiology 2013: The Impact of Starting Surgery On Time | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Anecdotal evidence suggests that less than half of first surgical cases of the day start on time in some operating rooms (ORs) throughout the United

Anesthesiology 2013: Predicting Postoperative Delirium in the Elderly | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Postoperative delirium (PD) occurs in about 20% of elderly patients, according to previous research. However, the mechanisms of PD have not been well defined. A

Anesthesiology 2013: A Different Approach to Managing PONV in Bariatric Surgery | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is common among surgical patients. Studies indicate that morbidly obese patients undergoing general anesthesia for bariatric surgery can experience PONV

Anesthesiology 2013: IV Acetaminophen for Pediatric Tonsillectomies | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Data indicate that more than 80% of tonsillectomies are performed to correct breathing disorders that affect sleep, mostly sleep apnea. A previous study found that

Anesthesiology 2013 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at Anesthesiology 2013, the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologist, from October 12 to 16 in San Francisco.

Predicting Prolonged Opioid Use After Surgery | Opinion Article

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

Surgical Catastrophes and Anesthesiology | Opinion Article

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.

Anesthesia Training: Private Vs Academic Settings | News Brief

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

Effective Strategies for Sedation During Bronchoscopy | Opinion Article

A new statement recommends that every bronchoscopy be performed with sedation if feasible because it improves patient satisfaction and procedural tolerance significantly.

A Guideline Update for Managing Acute Pain in Perioperative Settings | Feature

The American Society of Anesthesiologists has updated guidelines to assist physicians with preoperative evaluations and preparation. The guidelines also provide recommendations for perioperative and multimodal techniques for pain management.

Assessing Off-Label Anesthesia Use in Pediatrics | News Brief

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

Rotator Cuff Repair: Analyzing Trends | Feature

The number of surgeries being performed for rotator cuff repair increased dramatically from 1996 to 2006. The impact of this trend may place more demand on hospital resources.

Comparing Anesthesia Methods for Hip Fracture Surgery | News Brief

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

Preventing Paralysis During Spinal Surgery | Feature

Surgeons should strongly consider using spinal cord monitoring to help avoid potential complications such as paraparesis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia during spinal cord surgery or procedures that put the spinal cord at risk.

A New Anesthesia Delivery Workstation | News Brief

A high-performance anesthesia delivery system (Arkon, OSI Systems) has received 510(k) marketing clearance from the FDA. The system provides anesthesiologists with reliable tools for monitoring patients under

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