Anesthesia

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December 2023
Home Anesthesia

Report: Physician starting salary surging, medical specialties in high demand

Editor's Note According to this annual report from the AMN Healthcare’s Physician Solutions division (formerly known as Merritt Hawkins), titled "2023 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives" and published on July 24, the average "starting salaries for physicians have rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic," an AMN Healthcare August…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
August 25, 2023
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SSI rates before, after reuse of PPE during pandemic

Editor's Note This study from Trinity Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan, compares prepandemic surgical site infection (SSI) rates before reusing personal protective equipment (PPE), to pandemic SSI rates after reusing PPE in trauma surgical patients. A total of 48,987 patients were included in the analysis, with half in the postpandemic group.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2023
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FDA: Class I recall of Draeger Carina Sub-Acute Care Ventilators

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on August 23, identified the recall by Draeger Medical of its Carina Sub-Acute Care Ventilators as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the presence of contaminants in the device’s airpath. The contaminants exceed acceptable levels if the…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2023
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Sociodemographic disparities in PONV

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham examines the associations between sociodemographic factors and the incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and clinician adherence to PONV prophylaxis protocols. A total of 8,384 patients were included in the analysis. When PONV prophylaxis protocols…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2023
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Study: Transitioning back to reusable surgical gowns

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, examine the feasibility of transitioning back to reusable surgical gowns and the corresponding cost savings and reductions in solid waste. Disposable surgical gowns were replaced with polyester reusable surgical gowns with AAMI level III barrier protection that…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2023
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HHS: ARPA-H project to strengthen healthcare cybersecurity

Editor's Note The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) announced that it is seeking proposals through September 7 to help fund and develop cybersecurity technologies for healthcare systems, clinics, and healthcare-related devices,  the August 17 WIRED reports. The Digital Health Security…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2023
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The Joint Commission’s revised medication compounding requirements include perioperative settings

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced, on August 22, that it had revised its requirements related to medication compounding for accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals, effective January 1, 2024. The revisions include Element of Performance (EP) 3 for National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) NPSG.03.04.01: "Label all medications, medication containers,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2023
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Market forces affecting the ambulatory surgery industry

Ambulatory is the term the industry is “stuck with” because that is the name the founders came up with in 1970, says David Shapiro, MD, CASC, CPHRM, LHR, an anesthesiologist with extensive experience in ambulatory surgery management and a member of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) board.…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
August 21, 2023
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Effect of augmented reality on perioperative anxiety

Editor's Note This study from the University of Miami examines the effect of a preoperative walkthrough of a patient’s day of surgery using augmented reality (AR) on perioperative anxiety levels. A total of 95 patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery at an outpatient surgery center were randomized to an AR intervention…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 2023
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Nurses’ resilience and intentions to quit during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from Finland examines nurses’ assessments of their resilience, job satisfaction, quality of care, and intentions to quit during the third wave of COVID-19. A total of 437 Finnish RNs responded to an electronic survey. The findings show that: nurses had good resilience, but a significant proportion…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 2023
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