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June 2017 Briefing – Anesthesiology

June 2017 Briefing – Anesthesiology
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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Anesthesiology for June 2017. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Health of the Nation Presented in 40th Annual CDC Report

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The health of the United States is summarized in the 40th annual report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Doctors Urged to Take Care With Electronic Communications

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Care should be taken when conveying electronic messages to patients, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Rx Changes, Counseling, Regular Visits Can Cut Opioid Deaths

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Three simple steps could decrease opioid-related mortality by about a third, according to a report published online June 26 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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Patient-Controlled Analgesia Reduces Pain at Higher Cost

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For patients presenting to the emergency department in pain, who are subsequently admitted to the hospital, the cost per hour in moderate or severe pain averted is higher for patient-controlled analgesia versus standard care, according to a study published online May 26 in Anaesthesia.

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1991-2014 Saw Minimal Change in Health Spending Per State

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) — From 1991 to 2014 there was minimal change in health spending by state, according to a study published online June 14 in Health Affairs.

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Sharp Rise Among Women for Opioid-Related Hospitalizations

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Opioid-related hospitalizations among women in the United States increased far faster than among men between 2005 and 2014, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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AMA Endeavors to Increase Transparency of Rx Pricing

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for more transparency in drug pricing amid rising costs that are putting some lifesaving medications out of reach for patients and communities.

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Strategies Implemented to Cut Opioid ODs, Deaths in Maryland

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Strategies are being implemented to reduce opioid overdoses and deaths in Maryland, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Medical Students Lacking Proficiency in BP Measurements

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Medical students frequently do not achieve mastery of the skills necessary for accurate measurement of blood pressure (BP), according to a study published online April 28 in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

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Intra-Op Liberal Fluid Therapy Effectively Cuts Post-Op Nausea

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For children undergoing lower abdominal surgery, intraoperative liberal fluid therapy is effective for reducing postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV), according to a study published online June 6 in Pediatric Anesthesia.

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New Bill With Tort Reforms Will Protect Iowa Physicians

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A new bill with tort reforms to protect Iowa physicians will take effect July 1, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Opioids Tend to Be Over-Prescribed After Cesarean Section

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Women are routinely prescribed more opioid medications than they need after cesarean sections, creating a high risk for misuse, according to three studies published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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FDA Requests Removal of Opana ER From Market

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Sales of reformulated Opana ER should be halted in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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U.S. Leads in Income-Based Health Care Inequalities

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The United States has larger income-related differences in perceptions of health and health care than other middle- and high-income countries, according to a report published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

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Many Bariatric Surgery Patients Using Opioids Seven Years Later

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — About 20 percent of U.S. bariatric surgery patients are still using prescription opioids seven years later, according to a study published recently in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

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U.S. Emergency Departments Commonly Overcharging Patients

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Americans are routinely overcharged for emergency department care, and minority and uninsured patients are most likely to face this issue, according to a study published online May 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Cool Water Works As Well As Hot for Ridding Hands of Germs

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For effective hand hygiene, water temperature matters less than time, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Food Protection.

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