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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

In situ patch-clamp recordings from Merkel cells in rat whisker...
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 901 19TH Street South, BMR II 210, Birmingham 35294, AL, USA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Jikei University School of Medicine, 3-25-8 Nishi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku 105-8461, Tokyo, Japan Mammals use tactile end-organs to perform sensory tasks such as environmental exploration, social interaction, and tactile discrimination. However, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying tactile transduction in tactile end-organs remain poorly understood.
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The AIAPM was held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on April 17-19, 2015 and attracted 340 participants, an increase of nearly 10 percent over the 2014 inaugural AIAPM. During three days of plenary and breakout sessions, attendees heard presentations by 16 speakers including chief executives of national anesthesia practice management companies, private equity firm principals, academic anesthesiologists, compliance and health information technology experts and lawyers and consultants.
New Ultrasound Training Goals for Anesthesiology-Critical Care Specialists
Newswise - April 24, 2015 - Ultrasound has become an essential tool for diagnostic and procedural uses in the critical care environment. The May issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia outlines a new set of basic ultrasound learning skills developed specifically for use in anesthesiology-critical care medicine training programs.
Interventions developed at Johns Hopkins reduce bloodstream infections in Abu Dhabi
A bundled intervention focused on evidence-based infection prevention practices, safety culture and teamwork, and scheduled measurement of infection rates considerably reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections across intensive care units in seven Abu Dhabi hospitals, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality report. The intervention, undertaken by 18 ICUs, achieved an overall 38 percent reduction in these infections; and the number of units with a quarterly CLABSI rate of less than one infection per 1,000 catheter days increased by almost 40 percent.
College of DuPage Offers New Anesthesia Technology Degree Program
The new Anesthesia Technology degree program at College of DuPage will be the first of its kind in the state of Illinois. The new Anesthesia Technology degree program at College of DuPage will be the first of its kind in the state of Illinois.
Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'
Science-based guidelines say there's no benefit to getting an EKG of heart rhythms before routine cataract surgery - even if the patient's old. But most doctors order such tests anyway.
MCW researcher to investigate diabetic heart susceptibility to cardiac sensivity
The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences to investigate the mechanisms responsible for the susceptibility of diabetic hearts to cardiac injury. Zeljko Bosnjak, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and physiology and vice chairman for research in the department of anesthesiology at MCW, is the primary investigator of the grant.
Interventions developed at Johns Hopkins reduce bloodstream infections in Abu Dhabi
A bundled intervention focused on evidence-based infection prevention practices, safety culture and teamwork, and scheduled measurement of infection rates considerably reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections across intensive care units in seven Abu Dhabi hospitals, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality report. The intervention, undertaken by 18 ICUs, achieved an overall 38 percent reduction in these infections; and the number of units with a quarterly CLABSI rate of less than one infection per 1,000 catheter days increased by almost 40 percent.
Anesthesiologists: A role in health care from birth through death
Dr. John Antonakis, an anesthesiologist at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, said many people don't know that anesthesiologists are highly skilled doctors. “We are required to successfully complete four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school and a four-year anesthesiology residency,” said Dr. Corinne Cambio, an anesthesiologist for Exeter Hospital.
Mobile anesthesiologist provides dental services in Bennington
Dr. Tyler Carmack stands beside anesthesiologist Ryan Larsen, at the Bennington Dental Center. Larsen, visiting from Montana visits the Bennington dental office every eight weeks to assist in appointments for patients who require sedation due to young age or anxiety.

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.