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Anesthesia Industry News

The News portion of NWAnesthesia.com offers news, announcements, commentary and articles on anesthesia, technology and things unique to our profession. You’ll find the most recent entries on the home page, but this page will become an archive of our industry.

Current Anesthesia Articles from Topix.com

IV fluid monitor designed in Halifax could improve patient safety
Dr. Orlando Hung has been an anesthesiologist with Capital Health for 27 years, and during his time in the operating room, he has seen how intravenous bags often run empty without anyone noticing. "We actually did an operational study in 1988.
Two New Clinical Studies Show Masimo Noninvasive Hemoglobin...
Masimo announced two new studies today that showed that noninvasive hemoglobin demonstrated similar accuracy as hemoglobin measured by invasive hemoglobin analyzers when both SpHb and the invasive hemoglobin analyzer were compared to laboratory hematology analyzer. The first study was presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the largest gathering of anesthesiologists in the world, in patients undergoing potential high blood-loss surgery.
Should Unaccompanied Patients Be Able to Take a Taxi After Surgery?
An unaccompanied patient who received propofol wants to leave your facility in a taxi? Would you let him? An anesthesiologist posed this question to Outpatient Surgery's Second Opinions board, saying one of this GI physicians would like to send some patients this way. "His reason is, since they'd only received propofol and no other drugs, the propofol should be cleared within minutes and they'd be OK to be discharged by themselves."
IARS Announces Availability of More Than $1.3 Million in Anesthesia Research Awards for 2015
October 20, 2014 - San Francisco, CA - The International Anesthesia Research Society announces the availability of more than $1.3 million in anesthesia research awards to be issued in 2015. In 2015, the Society will award $750,000 in research grants for the Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award , and $600,000 for its Mentored Research Award .
Rafael Ortega, M.D., honored at Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards
Rafael Ortega, MD, the associate dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, has been selected by the Boston Business Journal as an honoree for the Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards. This award honors companies and individuals for their leadership in successfully promoting inclusiveness and opportunity.
Getting Healthier Before Surgery Gives Patients a Jump Start on Recovery
Chicago - October 21, 2014 - Following a conditioning, nutritional, and relaxation program before surgery is more helpful than waiting until after surgery to rehabilitate, suggests a new study. Colorectal cancer patients who participated in a "prehabilitation" program before surgery recovered more quickly than those who only did traditional rehabilitation afterward, according to research published in the November issue of Anesthesiology , the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists .
G Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinase 5 Gene Polymorphisms Are Associated ...
From the Department of Anesthesiology, Duke Perioperative Genomics Program , Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics , Molecular Physiology Institute , and Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology , Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Correspondence to Miklos D. Kertai, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center, DUMC 3094, 2301 Erwin Rd, 5693 HAFS Bldg, Durham, NC 27710.
Toll-Like Receptor 4 Regulates Platelet Function and Contributes to...
From the Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, PA ; Department of Anesthesiology, Guangzhou First People's Hospital, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China ; Department of Anesthesiology, Shanghai Tenth People's Hospital, Tongji University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, People's Republic of China ; and Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, PA . Correspondence to Matthew D. Neal, MD, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, NW 607 MUH 3459 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15261.
Early Malfunction of Polyvinyl Alcohol Membrane-Covered Atrial Septal ...
From the Department of Cardiology , Department of Anesthesiology , Department of Pharmacy , and Department of Cardiac Surgery , Groupe Hospitalier Bichat-Claude Bernard, Assistance Publique-HA pitaux de Paris, Paris, France; and Department of Cardiology, Centre Hospitalier RA©gional, OrlA©ans, France . Correspondence to Pierre Aubry, MD, DA©partement de Cardiologie, Groupe Hospitalier Bichat-Claude Bernard, 46 rue Huchard, 75018 Paris, France.
MotionSavvy UNI Sign Language Interpreter Gives a Voice to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
He, along with his colleagues who are all also deaf, have developed a groundbreaking technology that combines the latest in motion sensing and mobile computing called the UNI. UNI consists of three parts: a tablet computer, a specially-designed smart case, and a mobile app.

Previous Anesthesia Articles and Entries

Doctor and Two Former Hospital Employees Plead Guilty to HIPAA Violations
Jane W. Duke, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, along with Thomas J. Browne, Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Little Rock Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today the guilty pleas of a Doctor and Two Former Hospital Employees. Each pled to a misdemeanor violation of the health information privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) based on their accessing a patient’s record without any legitimate purpose.
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine calling for a 60% increase in enrollment
The need for more doctors is so critical that Medical College of Georgia must expand immediately to produce physicians that will remain in GA — assuring both public health and economic opportunity for all citizens.
AAASC and FASA to Merge
The American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and FASA agreed to merge.
Aon study finds fewer medical malpractice claims against hospitals and physicians
Aon study finds fewer medical malpractice claims against hospitals and physicians.
Baxter Recalls Flawed Infusion Pump After Deaths
Baxter Healthcare Corp. recalled all models of its Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pumps because the pumps can shut down while delivering medication and fluids to patients, the Food and Drug Administration said.
Malpractice Premiums Far Outpaced Claims
The Center for Justice and Democracy, New York, said 15 of the nation’s biggest malpractice insurers “price–gouged” physicians from 2000 to 2004, increasing net premiums 120% while their net payments for claims rose 5.7% during that period.
Patient Safety Advocacy Decreases Malpractice Premiums
The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, June 21st examined how malpractice insurance premiums for anesthesiologists have decreased over the past 20 years because they have “focused on improving patient safety” rather than legislation that would “protect them against patient lawsuits.”
Medical Malpractice: Understanding Claims Made and Occurrence Coverage
Not all medical malpractice policies are the same. Understanding the difference between a “claims–made” policy and an “occurrence” policy may be difficult as there are significant differences in coverage.
Tennessee (TN) Licensure Changes
CRNA’s not holding a Masters Degree will not be “grandfathered in” after 07/01/2005.