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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

Nervous system may play bigger role in infections than previously known
The nervous system may play a bigger role in infections and autoimmune diseases than previously known, according to a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Benjamin Steinberg, a post-doctoral fellow and an anesthesiology resident at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Credit: St. Michael's Hospital The nervous system may play a bigger role in infections and autoimmune diseases than previously known.
Checklist Usage Decreases Critical Task Omissions When Training...
Separation from cardiopulmonary bypass requires multiple preparatory steps, during which mistakes, omissions, and human errors may occur. Checklists have been used extensively in aviation to improve performance of complex, multistep tasks.
Grand Roundup: Top posts for week of Nov. 16
Stanford anesthesiologist explores consciousness - and unconsciousness : Anesthesiologist Divya Chander , MD, PhD, is one of a leading group of neuroscientists and anesthesiologists who are using high-tech monitoring equipment in the operating room to explore the nature of consciousness. She discusses her work in this Q&A.
GRMC Board of Trustees hears report on the 'trueing up' of federal payments
The first item of business on the Gila Regional Medical Center's Board of Trustees meeting was to recognize Frances Montes for her 15 years of service to medical surgery 1. Montes said: "I want to thank everyone for this honor. I work with a bunch of great people."
Helped by Metamaterial, Ultrasound Makes it Through Bone with Little Distortion
The technique has only been tested in a computer simulation so far, but the researchers are already building a prototype that will take advantage of the metamaterial. In the simulation, 28% of energy was able to make it past a layer of bone, while 88% made it through when taking advantage of the metamaterial.
Startup riding health-care changes to growth
QGenda's Web-based service helps health-care systems keep costs down through efficient physician scheduling. Hospitals must maintain a certain number of on-call physician specialists - anesthesiologists, radiologists and cardiologists - to ensure patient care.
anesthesiologist explores consciousness - and unconsciousness
Anesthesiologist Divya Chander , MD, PhD, is one of a leading group of neuroscientists and anesthesiologists who are using high-tech monitoring equipment in the operating room to explore the nature of consciousness - which isn't quite as simple as on or off, asleep or awake. Stanford Medicine magazine profiled Chander's work last summer, but I came across it when the title of one of Chander's recently published papers grabbed my eye: " Electroencephalographic Variation During End Maintenance and Emergence from Surgical Anesthesia.
Breast Cancer Affects Both Genders
As an anesthesiologist and internist, Dr. Victor Scott is no stranger to medicine, but he didn't think he'd personally have to worry about one disease. "I started having chest pain, and then when I got back to my room, there was a little spot of blood on my shirt," Scott said.
Leather Doctor's Bags: Making a Comeback
Most might think of manual stethoscopes or perhaps reflex hammers as the non-electric mainstays in a physician's armamentarium, but today I will feature the finest traditional leather product for healthcare providers: the doctor's handbag. While the days of house calls and rural doctors that practiced as jack-of-all trade practitioners has nearly faded away, the physician's bag is coming back into favor due to the ever-expanding variety of tools that physicians are using today.
Reported Opioid Abuse in Pregnant Women More Than Doubles in 14 Years
Chicago - November 18, 2014 - The number of pregnant women who abuse or are dependent on opioids jumped 127 percent in 14 years, leading to an increased risk of maternal death and stillbirth among other serious problems, according to a review of more than 57 million American women admitted for delivery. The results were published in the December issue of Anesthesiology , the official medical journal of the American Society of AnesthesiologistsA .

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.