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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

NorthStar Anesthesia Acquires AmSol, Expands Presence in Southeast and Midwest
NorthStar Anesthesia , one of the country's leading anesthesia care companies, announced today that it has acquired Anesthesia Management Solutions , a North Carolina-based anesthesia management company with more than 20 locations across the Southeast and Midwest. With this combination, NorthStar expands its footprint into four new states and increases its team of anesthesiologists and CRNAs to 1,200 providers caring for patients at more than 100 facilities in 18 states.
Anesthetic management of patients undergoing bariatric surgery: two...
In the field of anesthesia for bariatric surgery, a wide variety of recommendations exist, but a general consensus on the perioperative management of such patients is missing. We outline the perioperative experiences that we gained in the first two years after introducing a bariatric program.
The Last Leg: Iraq veteran takes his final step -- and the next
The Salt Lake Tribune) Anesthesiologists Suresh Raman asks Bryant Jacobs where he is feeling the most pain after Jacobs' amputation surgery at the Salt Lake City VA, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. This is the first time Jacobs is aware that his leg is gone.
The Fight For Safer Surgeries at Highland Hospital
On July 1, Roger Proctor, an anesthesiologist at Highland Hospital in Oakland, saw two very sick patients who he believed were not getting adequate care. Both had severe, life-threatening illnesses and needed surgery, and the hospital had carelessly put them in risky situations.
Near-Fatal Coronary Artery Spasm During Cryoballoon Pulmonary Vein...
From the Departments of Cardiology , Surgery , and Anesthesiology , University Heart Center Freiburg/Bad Krozingen, Bad Krozingen, Germany. Correspondence to Heiko Lehrmann, MD, Arrhythmia Department, University Heart Center Freiburg/Bad Krozingen, SA1 4dring 15, 79189 Bad Krozingen, Germany.
Top blood transfusion-related complication more common than previously reported
Two studies published in the January issue of Anesthesiology , the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists , shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury and transfusion-associated circulatory overload , the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States. According to researchers, postoperative TRALI is significantly underreported and more common than previously thought, with an overall rate of 1.4 percent.
Flight of doctors leavesVenezuelan hospitals withoutmedical specialists
Citizens attending any hospital in Venezuela may come across signs listing medical specialties lacking staff. This both prevents medical care from being provided and violates the right to health set forth in the Constitution.
Durabook P24 Review: A Solid All-In-One Clinical Computer
There's also an SD card reader easily accessible near the power button. The screen is flush with the bezel, making the front completely flat and therefore easy on the eyes and more importantly easy to clean.
The paranoia surrounding hospital infection rates
No one wants a hospital-acquired infection - a wound infection, a central line infection, or any other kind. But today, the level of concern in American hospitals about infection rates has reached a new peak - better termed paranoia than legitimate concern.
Perioperative Surgical Home improves quality, reduces health care costs
The Perioperative Surgical Home model consistently and significantly improves quality of care for patients and reduces health care costs, reports a first-of-its-kind, large-scale literature review of the PSH in the United States and abroad. The review, published online this month in Milbank Quarterly , provides further evidence to support the benefits, and encourage the adoption, of the PSH model.

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.