Conference Highlights: Anesthesiology 2015

New research was presented at Anesthesiology 2015, the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting, from October 24 to 28 in San Diego. The features below highlight some

Free CME Here, Get Your Free CME! | Medical Blog

For physicians practicing in most states (what gives, Indiana?), obtaining continuing medical education credits is a necessity, like it or not. For license registration, 54 boards require

Anesthesia-Related Injuries & Mortality | Opinion Article

There have been significant improvements in patient safety with the administration of anesthesia, and research has shown there has been a decline in anesthesia-related deaths. However, some

Medscape’s 2015 Physician Compensation Report | Opinion Article

Nearly 20,000 physicians across 25 specialties responded to Medscape’s 2015 Compensation Survey. Check out our infographic! The top three earners this year are Orthopedics (421k), Cardiology (376k),

Woman Refuses Episiotomy, Gets One Anyway | Medical Blog

"This case is not about malpractice. It is about the right of a patient to refuse an intervention. While the doctor stood with scissors in hand, the patient can clearly be heard saying, 'Don’t cut me.'"

Anesthesiology 2014: Comparing Anesthesia Types for Hip Fracture Surgery | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Researchers have hypothesized that regional anesthesia may reduce the risk of postoperative mortality among patients undergoing a range of surgical procedures. However, findings of studies

Anesthesiology 2014: Comparing Anesthesia Types for Colectomy | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Studies have shown that anesthesia type can play a role in perioperative outcomes for relatively minor surgeries like knee arthroplasty. However, little is known about

Anesthesiology 2014: Declining Rates of Adverse Events During Anesthesia | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Understanding factors associated with anesthetic complications and “near misses” may help prevent perioperative complications and improve patient safety. However, data are lacking on the nature

Anesthesiology 2014: Anesthesiologist-Led Care for TKA Patients | Medical Blog

The Particulars: The high perioperative and postoperative costs associated with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) along with increasing demand from the aging United States population is placing greater

Anesthesiology 2014: Trends in Postoperative Pain Severity | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Previous research found that postoperative pain management did not appear to improve from 1995 to 2002. Since that time, there has been greater attention on

Managing Pain in Obese ED Patients | Opinion Article

Weight-based dosing of opioids is a commonly used approach for managing patients who present to the ED with more severe pain. “Many patients who present to the

Anesthesia vs. Surgery: Can’t We All Just Get Along? | Medical Blog

"Anesthesia is one of the few specialties that you must consult and work with but have no control over who is assigned to your cases. "

Anesthesiology 2014 | Conference Coverage

New research is being presented at Anesthesiology 2014, the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, from October 11 to 15 in New Orleans.

Anesthesiologists Are Having a Bad Year | Medical Blog

"About the only thing this anesthesiologist allegedly didn't do was tell a child that the Tooth Fairy isn't real."

Substance Use in Anesthesiology Residents | Feature

A significant number of anesthesiology residents appear to have evidence of substance use disorders during training. Relapse rates were also high, indicating that these risks persist after training is completed.

A Look at Opioid Use During Pregnancy | Opinion Article

According to NIH data, prescriptions for opioids have increased dramatically in the general population, rising by more than 200 million between 1991 and 2009. In 2014, the

Laughing Gas | Opinion Article

The Evolution of Medicine | Medical Blog

Source: Modern medicine has helped lead to a surge in average life expectancy, which was only about 36 in the late 1800s. With humans routinely living

Surgical Site Infection Rates: Good or Bad? | Medical Blog

Postoperative acute care visits for clinically significant surgical site infections (SSIs) occurred within 14 days after 3.09 of every 1,000 ambulatory operations performed and within 30 days

Anesthesiology 2013: Trends in PACU Complications | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Time spent in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) has been identified as a source of much patient morbidity in previous studies. The incidence of PACU

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