Anesthesia

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June 2021

Building a good 'marriage' with hospitals: A primer for ASCs

A global pandemic did not stop the proliferation of joint ventures between ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospitals in 2020. The trend continues in 2021, as federal regulators expand on the types of procedures that can be performed in the ambulatory setting. Hospitals are recognizing the need for a surgery…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
May 19, 2021
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FDA: Class I recall of Alaris Infusion Pump Module 8100

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration, on April 30, identified the recall of the Alaris Infusion Pump Module 8100 as Class I, the most serious. The Pacific Medical Group (DBA Avante Health Solutions) is recalling the infusion pump because the front bezel components may crack or separate, leading to…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2021
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Collaborative anesthesia providers can help boost OR performance

Most high-performing ORs share something in common—an anesthesia group that is actively engaged in perioperative leadership, takes responsibility for organizational performance, and is fully invested in the success of the OR. Unfortunately, in many ORs, anesthesia providers focus narrowly on services and procedures, not the total performance of the surgery…

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By: Lee Hedman and Josh Miller, MD
April 19, 2021
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Strong new tactics to support COVID-19 financial recovery

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, but hospital surgery departments will not likely see a rapid return to normal. Since the start of the pandemic, perioperative leaders have had to stay flexible and act quickly. Over the next 12 months, OR leaders will need to reassess the…

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By: Jeffry A. Peters, MBA
February 17, 2021
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Effects of COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric anesthesiologists

Editor's Note This survey of members of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia finds that COVID-19 has affected the personal and professional lives of pediatric anesthesiologists, with women and non-whites disproportionately affected. Of 561 respondents: 21.7% planned to change their clinical responsibilities, and 10.6% planned to decrease their professional working time…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 27, 2021
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Parsing COVID-19 transmission routes informs levels of protection needed

Information about COVID-19 transmission and treatment has evolved between the time this infectious disease first emerged and now. As evidence-based knowledge grows and protocols change, and as populations are vaccinated to develop herd immunity, there is increasing optimism about the ability to combat the virus. Meanwhile, it is important to…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 19, 2021
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Effect of intubation barrier devices on aerosol exposure

Editor's Note Barrier devices used for intubation may reduce operator exposure to infectious droplets and aerosols, but there is wide variation in aerosol containment, this study finds. Fully enclosed barrier devices reduced vapor and aerosol content in the area of the operator. If no barrier device was used, aerosol content…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 14, 2020
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Effect of elective surgery cancellation on ICU capacity in New York State

Editor's Note Suspension of elective surgical procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in New York State had only a minor effect on ICU capacity, this study finds. State authorities suspended all elective surgical procedures in mid-March 2020 to increase hospital and ICU bed capacity. However, the effect of canceling…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 2, 2020
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Consider a PSH as a post-pandemic strategy

Across the US, surgical services are estimated to comprise around 20% of national health spending and typically generate up to 70% of total health system revenue.1, 2 That makes surgical services the largest revenue generator for a hospital, supporting access to numerous other healthcare services. Considering the average hospital has…

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By: Barbara McClenathan, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN, CNOR and Lisa Branding, MHSA
October 21, 2020
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Study finds significantly less risk of COVID-19 transmission from anesthetic procedures

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK, find that intubation and extubation of patients during general anesthesia may produce only a fraction of the aerosols previously thought, much less than that produced during a regular cough. The researchers conducted real-time, high-resolution environmental monitoring…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 7, 2020
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