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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

Medstrap Holster Rebrands as SuctionShield
Patient Shield Concepts, a company that develops innovative and affordable products to improve patient care, is pleased to announce SuctionShield, formerly known as Medstrap Holster. SuctionShield is the product's new name and with the new name comes a revitalized brand and improved website, www.suctionshield.com.
Huge, surprise medical bills a target in new N.J. bill
Doctors and hospitals would be required to disclose whether their services fall outside a consumer's insurance network before treatment occurs under the latest version of a proposed bill aimed at curbing "surprise" bills. No longer would consumers learn after elective surgery that their anesthesiologist or other physicians were out of network and they will need to pay more.
Florida's medical residency funding grows but can't meet demand
Michelle Lipton, an Ormond Beach native, decided to become an anesthesiologist because of its short but critical role in patient care. "You only get 5 to 10 minutes to help a patient feel comfortable when they are going into surgery," she said.
Women scientists who changed the world
For decades, stories have gone largely untold about world-changing accomplishments by dozens of female pioneers in science, medicine and technology. Author Rachel Swaby's 2015 book, "Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science-and the World," sheds fresh light on these fascinating women who pushed themselves to succeed in fields that were overwhelmingly male-dominated.
Physician Anesthesiologists Oppose Legislation Risking Veterans' Lives
Nov. 12, 2015 - To protect our nation's Veterans, the American Society of Anesthesiologists urges extreme caution when considering the "Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act," S. 2279. As currently drafted, this legislation contains a misguided provision that removes physician anesthesiologists from surgery and replaces them with nurses.
Retired physician Barbara Bollier kicked off of House health committee in uncommon mid-session move
Mission Hills Rep. Barbara Bollier, a retired anesthesiologist who has been an outspoken voice on health care issues during her six-year tenure in the Kansas House of Representatives, was among the victims of Speaker Ray Merrick's unorthodox move Wednesday to remove a number of moderate legislators from key committee appointments. Merrick announced yesterday afternoon that Bollier, Beloit Rep. Susan Concannon and Emporia Rep. Don Hill, a pharmacist - all moderates - were being replaced on the House Health and Human Services Committee with more conservative Reps.
Slashing outrageous medical bills
Bystander CPR Helps Some Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest
More American children who suffer cardiac arrest at home or in public places are getting CPR from bystanders, a new study finds. "This lack of impact on infants suggests the need for a public health strategy to improve the use of bystander CPR," study lead author Dr. Maryam Naim said in an American Heart Association news release.
Health eVillages Supplies Newly Trained Anesthesiology Professionals...
With digital consulting tools from Health eVillages in hand, the graduates can practice anesthesiology in their home countries of and Somaliland without a physician in attendance. The donated devices are equipped with SIM card capabilities to assure connectivity in regions without internet coverage.
ALPINION Introduces All-new Portable Ultrasound System, E-CUBE i7
The E-CUBE i7 offers a powerful and qualified system architecture and user-optimized design with a unique sliding keyboard cover. It delivers remarkably excellent image performance from the bedside to the procedure room, while being comfortable for patients.

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.