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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

Increased cerebrovascular sensitivity to endothelin-1 in a rat model...
Correspondence: Dr DJ Durgan, Department of Anesthesiology, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Room 434D, Houston, TX 77030, USA. E-mail: durgan@bcm.edu Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with cerebrovascular diseases.
Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus Associated with Surgical Procedures ...
Incidents of health care-associated hepatitis C virus transmission that resulted from breaches in injection safety and infection prevention practices have been previously documented . During 2010 and 2011, separate, unrelated, occurrences of HCV infections in New Jersey and Wisconsin associated with surgical procedures were investigated to determine sources of HCV and mechanisms of HCV transmission.
Trib Talk: The medical marijuana debate in Utah
The medical marijuana debate has finally come to Utah's Capitol, with supporters urging compassion for those with chronic disease and opponents saying the risks outweigh benefits. On Thursday at 12:15 p.m., Rep. Brad Daw, anesthesiologist Perry Fine, Jennifer May with Hope 4 Children with Epilepsy and Connor Boyack with Libertas Institute join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about Senate Bill 259 and the upcoming legislative debate.
HIV-Infected Patients Prescribed ART Display Low Post-Operative Mortality Rates
HIV infections pose many immediate risks to its sufferers, especially those undergoing even the most simple of surgeries. Recent research in the European Journal of Anesthesiology has found that patients with HIV have five times a greater risk of post-operative mortality within the 30-day period after surgery.
Nurse saved patient's phone number from her file
The trust between a patient and a medical official is very delicate and for one woman, that trust is forever broken after she went in for surgery and allegedly caught the eye of a certain nurse. When Darcy White went in for shoulder surgery at Mercy Hospital in downtown Bakersfield, she expected a routine procedure but claimed her anesthesiologist nurse was anything but normal.
New strategies for anesthesia
Emery Brown: "Now that we understand how it works, how can we devise new strategies for anesthesia?" Credit: Len Rubenstein In operating rooms around the world, machines attached to anesthetized patients blip and bleep, reporting second-by-second accounts of vital organs. Blood circulation and respiration are closely monitored, but the one organ that is drugged, the brain, has no readout.
Lebanon Heart Ball set for March 14
Lebanon County businesses, along with health care and community leaders, will gather to raise money to fight heart disease and stroke at the annual Lebanon Heart Ball, sponsored by Good Samaritan Health System of WellSpan Health. The annual gala to benefit the American Heart Association will be held Saturday, March 14, at the Lebanon Country Club starting at 5:30 p.m. The theme for this year's event is "From Mad to Mod," celebrating the 1960s.
Are Your Patients at Risk for Post-op Chronic Pain?
A new pre-op planning tool may help doctors predict if patients will experience chronic pain after surgery, according to a study published in the journal Anesthesiology . Researchers followed the cases of 3,000 patients who underwent hernia repair, hysterectomy or thoracotomy to evaluate their post-op pain at 4, 12 and 24 months.
One Year Later, Preoperative Quit-Smoking Program Still Shows Benefits
Newswise - February 23, 2015 - Patients receiving a brief intervention to help them quit smoking before surgery are still more likely to be nonsmokers at one-year follow-up, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia . The simple, inexpensive program triples the percentage of patients with long-term smoking cessation at one year after surgery, according to the study by Dr Susan M. Lee and colleagues of University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
First iFlagler graduate accepted to UF
When Sabrina Rinaldi starts college at the University of Florida this summer, it will be the first time she's learned in a classroom since sixth grade. The 17-year-old became the first-ever graduate of iFlagler - Flagler County School District's K-12 virtual school started six years ago - when she finished her senior year of high school a semester early last month.

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.