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Regional anesthesia found safe for low-platelet parturients
Anesthesiology News
A review of the records of more than 20,000 women in labor has found that even those with platelet counts as low as 50×109/L can safely receive regional anesthesia, under the right circumstances. Although RA is now the standard of care in laboring women, turning to epidurals and spinals in high-risk parturients — especially those with low platelet counts — can be discomfiting.
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Why we need more nurses on hospital boards
By Joan Spitrey
At the end of 2014, the Nurses on Boards Coalition was formed to promote the increase of nurses on corporate and nonprofit health-related boards of directors in the United States. According to a 2011 American Hospital Association survey, nurses comprised 6 percent of the hospital board members. This was in contrast to physicians, who represented 20 percent of hospital boards. It is clear that in order for our complex healthcare system to be successful, key stakeholders, such as nurses, need to be in key decision-making positions.
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Tuning into music may ease kids' post-op pain, study finds
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Going through a surgery often means post-operative pain for children, but listening to their favorite music might help ease their discomfort, a new study finds. Finding new ways to ease children's pain after surgery is important. Powerful opioid (narcotic) painkillers are widely used to control pain after surgery, but can cause breathing problems in children, experts warn.
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Success of spinal anesthesia lower for preterm patients
Anesthesiology News
A review of more than 5,000 patient records has concluded that women undergoing preterm cesarean delivery have a significantly higher risk for failed spinal anesthesia than women undergoing the procedure at full term. These findings, reported by a Duke University research team at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, suggest that an increased spinal dose — or combined spinal–epidural technique — may be necessary to reliably ensure adequate anesthesia in this population.
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NAP5 identifies susceptibilities in accidental awareness cases
Anesthesiology News
In nearly all cases in which patients suffered accidental awareness during general anesthesia, a neuromuscular block was also given, despite NMBs being routinely used less than half the time when anesthesia is administered. So concluded the largest and most comprehensive study of accidental awareness to date.
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