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As 2013 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. 16.


Medical malpractice: 10 common slip-ups that can get you sued
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
From Aug. 15: "In my experience and in my review of recent malpractice cases, I've seen the same mistakes being made time and again. Here are the top 10 to guard against," William Landess writes.
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5 good things the Affordable Care Act imposed on healthcare
By Mike Wokasch
From Aug. 22: The U.S. healthcare market is well entrenched with operational complexity, an inefficient cost structure and serious quality issues. The diversity of treatment, along with huge, inexplicable variability in costs and how care is paid for make the Affordable Care Act even more challenging to implement. Whether or not you are a fan of "Obamacare," this government-driven initiative has already facilitated five major changes to healthcare.
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Nurse anesthetist sentenced to prison for hepatitis C outbreak
Las Vegas Review-Journal
From Nov. 7: Nurse anesthetist Keith Mathahs was recently sentenced to 28 to 72 months in prison for his role in the 2007 hepatitis C outbreak. Marshals handcuffed Mathahs and led him out of the courtroom after District Judge Valerie Adair handed out the sentence.
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Is expensive anesthesia for colonoscopy worth it?
Reuters
From Aug. 15: Given a choice, most doctors and nurses who perform colonoscopy would choose to be fully anesthetized when undergoing the procedure themselves — unless they had to pay full price for the anesthesia, a new study finds.
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Study probes anesthesia-erection link
Anesthesiology News
From Oct. 31: Men who undergo urologic surgery on occasion experience an erection during the procedure — unwitting arousal that can force the delay, and even cancellation, of the operation. Now researchers in China have found that certain anesthetics used during urologic surgery are more likely to be associated with erections.
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Should nurse anesthetists work alone?
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
From Oct. 17: Anesthesia provider groups are at odds over a proposed amendment to the Veteran's Health Administration's nursing handbook that would let nurse anesthetists within the system work as licensed independent practitioners without physician support, supervision or oversight. If the handbook draft is approved, the VHA's advanced practice registered nurses would be required to attain independent status for continued employment.
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Hospital, anesthesiologist absolved in woman's death
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
From Oct. 10: A California jury has decided a hospital and anesthesiologist weren't negligent in the case of a 40-year-old woman who died in her sleep from internal bleeding after her iliac artery was nicked by a surgeon during a series of three procedures. The surgeon had already settled out of court.
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5 things you don't know about healthcare reform
Bloomberg Businessweek
From Aug. 29: Insurance sign-ups are just around the corner for millions of Americans under healthcare reform, yet there's still much people don't know about this landmark legislation, particularly those changes occurring over the next decade inside hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices.
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Anesthesia technique may reduce breast cancer recurrence and death
Medical Xpress
From Oct. 17: Breast cancer patients who received the combination of a nerve block with general anesthesia for their breast cancer surgery had less cancer recurrence and were three times less likely to die than those who received only general anesthesia, according to a study presented at the Anesthesiology 2013 annual meeting. Additionally, patients who received the nerve block needed less opioid pain relief from drugs such as fentanyl and oxycodone.
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FDA again rejects Merck's drug to reverse anesthesia effects
The Wall Street Journal
From Sept. 26: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration again declined to approve Merck's proposed surgery drug, the latest in a string of research-and-development setbacks for the pharmaceutical maker. This time, the FDA cited concerns about "operational aspects" in a study of the drug, sugammadex, which is designed to reverse the effects of muscle-relaxation agents used in surgery.
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