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Safety Net Hospitals Associated with Dramatically Higher Complications and Death Rates in Patients Receiving Hip Replacement Surgery

Patients who receive hip replacement surgery at safety net hospitals – those that provide care regardless of ability to pay – were 38% more likely to die in the hospital than those receiving the surgery at other hospitals, according to a study...
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Researchers Looking for the Best Way to Keep Patients Safe During Anesthesia for Shoulder Surgery

Interscalene blocks are a type of regional anesthesia used to relieve pain during and after shoulder surgery. This procedure can lead to numbing of the phrenic nerve as well, however, which can lead to pulmonary complications. Researchers at...
20-Apr-2020 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Experimental Lidocaine Derivatives May Be the Future of Postoperative Pain Control

Researchers from the University of British Columbia studied three lidocaine derivatives for use as motor blockade with promising results. This study provides insight into developing more effective, longer-lasting non-opioid local anesthetics, which...
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Investigators Experiment with Differing Amounts of Anesthetic to Provide Pain Control during Shoulder Surgery and Reduce Chances for Respiratory Complications

Hemidiaphragmatic paresis, or HDP, is a condition in which one side of the diaphragm is weakened, resulting in shortness of breath and reduced respiratory function. It can occur when a patient is given regional anesthesia for shoulder surgery, using...
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The Sooner Hip Replacement Patients Can Get Up and Walk after Surgery, the Faster They Can Recover at Home

The sooner hip replacement patients can walk after surgery, the faster they can be discharged, allowing for more comfortable recovery at home, lower overall cost of care, and increased availability of critical hospital resources. Results of a recent...
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Erector Spinae Plane Block Spares Common Complications After Shoulder Surgery

Using an erector spinae plane block (ESPB) for postoperative analgesia from total shoulder replacement offers advantages over the more commonly used interscalene brachial plexus nerve block, including avoiding phrenic nerve complications and...
20-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Pioneer in Anesthesia Among Award Winners Recognized by ASRA

ASRA award recipients are being recognized for their accomplishments despite the cancellation of the group's annual spring meeting. Included in recipients is the anesthesia pioneer who identified a treatment for local anesthetic systemic toxicity...
20-Apr-2020 11:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

ASRA Recognizes Eight Trailblazers as Part of the Year of Women in ASRA

Eight trailblazing women in regional anesthesia and pain medicine are being honored for their achievements and contributions to the field as part of the ASRA Trailblazer Awards. Created to acknowledge potential for bias in the past, the program is...
7-Apr-2020 12:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


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Need surgery? Here’s why regional anesthesia is safer than general anesthesia during the coronavirus pandemic

If you don’t have COVID-19, you probably want to stay as far away from a hospital as possible right now. However, the fact is that some people still need emergency surgery. If you or a loved one are in this situation – for any reason – you...
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Chronic pain physician provides guidance for patients during COVID-19

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The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is a professional member organization of more than 5,000 physicians and healthcare providers across the United States and the world. Founded in 1975, the mission of ASRA is to advance the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine to improve patient outcomes through research, education, and advocacy. ASRA is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, visit www.asra.com.

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