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As 2014 comes to a close, FANA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the FANA Bulletin a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 15.


33 Florida hospitals rank in US News report
Health News Florida
From July 17: Florida's largest hospital is also its best, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking. Florida Hospital in Orlando earned the state's top spot by ranking nationally in 10 of 16 specialties evaluated in the annual report. With 1,972 beds, the hospital is the largest in Florida and second-largest in the nation, according to Beck's Hospital Review.
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Senate nurse prescription bill moves on
Health News Florida
From March 27: A bill that would let nurse practitioners prescribe controlled substances and commit patients under the Baker Act narrowly passed the Senate Health Policy Committee recently. The 5-to-4 vote on SB 1352 reflected the divided emotions among the dozens of nurses, psychiatrists, physicians and others who spoke during the hearing.
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Florida anesthesiology company adds 2 groups with more than 700 providers
Modern Healthcare
From Jan. 16: Two large anesthesia groups with more than 700 providers have joined U.S. Anesthesia Partners, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based anesthesiology practice-management services company. Dallas-based Pinnacle Anesthesia, with more than 500 anesthesia providers, and Orlando, Florida-based JLR Medical Group, with more than 200 anesthesia providers, announced Jan. 6 that they will join U.S. Anesthesia as founding clinical partners.
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Another reason to ban smartphones from the OR
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
From April 10: A deadly distracted doctoring case out of Dallas hospital shines a light on the dangers of social media and surgery and might make you insist that all members of the OR team lock down their gadgets before entering surgery. A Dallas County jury will be asked to decide whether distracted doctoring played a part in the case of a 61-year-old woman who died 10 hours after undergoing an AV node ablation at Medical City Dallas.
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Senate rejects nurse, telemedicine bills
WUSF News
From May 8: The Florida Senate took up a House omnibus healthcare bill last week and stripped out proposals dealing with the powers of nurse practitioners and telemedicine. Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and other senators have long said they oppose a House proposal to allow nurse practitioners to provide primary care without the supervision of physicians.
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Avoiding brain damage during surgery through anesthetic technique
Medical News Today
From April 10: Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a commonly used anesthetic technique to reduce the blood pressure of patients undergoing surgery could increase the risk of starving the brain of oxygen. Reducing blood pressure is important in a wide range of surgeries — such as sinus, shoulder, back and brain operations — and is especially useful for improving visibility for surgeons, by helping to remove excess blood from the site being operated on.
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Senate president says no to nurses
Health News Florida
From Feb. 27: Don Gaetz, president of the Florida Senate, could present a formidable obstacle to passage of a bill that would increase the powers and independence of nurse practitioners. News Service of Florida, which recently interviewed Gaetz, reported he opposes a House bill that would give advanced-practice nurses more authority, including prescribing of controlled substances. The bill would also set up a pathway to independent practice, not supervised by physicians.
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Florida nurse bill goes too far, critics say
Health News Florida
From Feb. 13: Critics of a legislative plan that would increase the authority of Florida's nurse practitioners pushed back recently, wondering if the massive bill would give nurses all the privileges now granted to more-educated and more-skilled physicians. The plan — which allows qualified nurse practitioners the ability to operate independently, without a physician's supervision — could be seen as a shortcut to those who want to treat patients but don't want to go to medical school, said Rep. Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood.
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Anesthetic type used in breast cancer surgery may affect recurrence risk
Medical Xpress
From July 17: New research findings by University College Dublin scientists published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia indicate that the type of anaesthetic used during surgery could affect the metastatic potential of cancer cells — that is their ability to spread to other parts of the body.
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Acetaminophen not effective for low back pain
Anesthesiology News
Few pain specialists advise patients with low back pain to simply "take two aspirin and call me in the morning," to borrow from a now-ancient phrase. Now research suggests that acetaminophen, a commonly used aspirin alternative for low back pain, may not be effective as well. A study published online in The Lancet found that acetaminophen was no more effective than placebo in relieving the symptoms of chronic low back pain when administered in either regular or as-needed dosing schedules.
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Bill would give nurse practitioners more authority
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
From March 13: Florida lawmakers are pushing to expand the powers of nurse practitioners, allowing them to prescribe controlled substances and work without doctor supervision. State Rep. Cary Pigman, who is championing the bill, is an emergency room physician who says the state has thousands of nurse practitioners who can help fill the gap.
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