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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

Salutron's LifeTrak BRITE R450 Will Help You Avoid Those Winter Blues
The focal point of the BRITE 450 is the "LightTrak" monitor which simultaneously monitors the amount of blue and white light you are exposed to. Blue light has been shown to be beneficial to enhancing one's mood, boosting energy, and improving sleep.
Q&A: Cutting through the debate over treating uterine fibroids
For women who want to remove symptomatic uterine fibroids, power morcellation has been a popular option over the past 10 years. But the technique, which involves using a rotating power blade to slice tumors into strips that can then be removed with a small incision, has been the subject of great controversy since Massachusetts anesthesiologist Amy Reed had the procedure in 2013 to remove her uterus and subsequently developed late-stage cancer throughout her abdomen.
Taking on progressive payment models: 3 ASCs offering bundled payment options
Here are three surgery centers that offer bundled payment options for certain procedures. If you would like to recommend another surgery center for this list, contact Anuja Vaidya at This email address is being protected from spambots.
Doctor team to open DOT physical facilities at 1,500 locations in next 2 years
A husband and wife physician team has formed Truck Stop Health Care with the intent of setting up facilities in truck stops across the nation to offer Department of Transportation physicals to commercial vehicle drivers. Dr. Gunwant S. Dhaliwal, a board certified internist and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration certified medical examiner, and in practice more than 20 years and Dr. Tejinder Dhaliwal, a board certified anesthesiologist, said the venture would provide convenient locations for drivers to undergo the physical that are required every two years in order to maintain a CDL.
Patient Sues, But Facility, Physicians Not Liable for Tooth Loss
A woman undergoing an endoscopy who lost 5 teeth after biting down on a bite block and later sued the hospital and anesthesiology provider for medical malpractice recently had her case dismissed by a New York judge. Christine Neuner went to Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y., in 2010 after having severe vomiting, court documents say.
No One Noticed and No Alarms Sounded When Tourniquet Deflated
A woman who coded in the OR at an Ohio surgery center after a deflated tourniquet released a dangerous bolus dose of lidocaine into her system is blaming distracted doctoring and alarm fatigue, according to her malpractice case . The woman claims that the lidocaine caused an arrhythmia and initiated her downward spiral.
Pain clinic doctor faces disciplinary hearing after outbreak
An anesthesiologist alleged to have infected patients during an outbreak at a Toronto pain clinic that was kept secret from the public has been ordered by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to face a disciplinary hearing. The move comes as Toronto Public Health begins exploring ways to let the public know more about outbreaks at clinics and as Health Minister Eric Hoskins urges the physician watchdog to do the same.
Medical Assistant Sues Anesthesia Group for Firing Her for Being Muslim
A medical assistant at a Chicago anesthesia group is suing her former employer for firing her based on discrimination. Aldijana Miljkovic alleges in her employment discrimination lawsuit that her supervisors at University Anesthesiologists regularly discriminated against her because of her Bosnian nationality and Muslim faith.
The Next Decade of Neurostimulation: Interview with Simon Karger from Cambridge Consultants
Level 2 - "On the patient": an external patient / physician control unit that will provide an interface to the implanted system. While simple controllers exist today, our vision is that this system will provide for real-time communication with the implant, deliver power wirelessly, and allow for much more recording and processing of data than is practical on current implants.
Maximize Your Expert Testimony in Pain Pump Injury Malpractice or Products Liability Litigation
Numerous adverse events have resulted from the use of pain pump medical devices, including serious injuries and deaths. According to the FDA, during the years 2005 through 2009 alone, 87 infusion pump recalls identified safety problems.

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.