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Resuming Blood Pressure Medicine Promptly After Surgery Reduces Risk of Death

It may be better for patients to resume taking their blood pressure medication sooner after surgery than previously thought. A new study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society...
1-Jun-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Researchers Determine Best Anesthesia Option for Infants

Infants undergoing some types of surgery could have better recovery if they receive regional anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, according to two studies published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of...
12-May-2015 2:05 PM EDT

CMS Approves New Quality Reporting Measures for Physician Anesthesiologists

Physician anesthesiologists can now choose from 36 reporting measures when participating in the ASA QCDR, the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)...
16-Apr-2015 11:05 AM EDT

Medicare Patients Undergo Unnecessary Tests Before Cataract Surgery, Study Finds

More than half of all Medicare patients who have cataract surgery undergo unnecessary routine preoperative testing, despite strong evidence that these tests are usually not beneficial and increase national health care costs, reports a study...
10-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Physician Anesthesiologist Appointed to Working Group for President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., physician anesthesiologist and associate professor at the University of Michigan, has been appointed to a team of experts that will lay the groundwork for President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative...
6-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Researchers Investigate Antidepressant Treatment for Pain Catastrophizing

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A select population of patients having surgery experience what is called pain catastrophizing – an irrational thought process that leads a patient to perceive pain as worse than it actually is. Antidepressant medications reduce negative mood and...
13-Mar-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Study Shows Anesthesiology Simulation Program Triggers Practice Improvement Activities

According to a study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of ASA, an overwhelming majority of physician anesthesiologists who participated in the simulation program successfully implemented their...
12-Mar-2015 10:00 AM EDT

Planning Ahead for Outpatient Surgery: Key to Safe, Successful Outcome

A hospital stay is not necessary for many surgical patients today, as nearly two-thirds of procedures are performed at outpatient facilities. But as with in-hospital surgeries, most outpatient procedures require anesthesia, and planning ahead can...
9-Mar-2015 11:05 AM EDT

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