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Novel approach may lead to next generation of anesthetics
Medical News Today
For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are on the verge of developing a new class of anesthetics. According to a study published in the February issue of Anesthesiology, a new approach to identifying compounds may lead to the next generation of anesthetics.
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Actively warmed patients still become hypothermic
Outpatinent Surgery Magazine
Active efforts to warm patients with forced air during surgery still typically fall short, with nearly two-thirds of patients still experiencing hypothermia and consequently becoming more likely to need transfusions, says a study published in February issue of the journal Anesthesiology. Reviewing the esophageal temperatures of nearly 59,000 patients undergoing surgeries that lasted an hour or longer, researchers found that 64 percent became hypothermic during the first hour after anesthesia induction.
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Clean hands save lives: A vigilance that must never falter
By Christina Thielst
Hand washing in healthcare has long been associated with preventing the spread of disease, but frequent hand washing has its challenges. In the early 2000s, the recipe for alcohol-based hand rubs was perfected — offering a more efficient, portable and worker-friendly alternative. Since then, these hand sanitizing gels have been promoted for controlling the spread of nosocomial influenza and infections around the world. However, the behavior of healthcare workers — or the sociology of cleaning hands to save lives — is also an important consideration.
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Study clears gum chewing before endoscopy
Anesthesiology News
Patients who are fasting before upper endoscopy can safely chew gum up until the time of the procedure, researchers have found. Guidelines on preoperative fasting from the American Society of Anesthesiologists do not explicitly address gum chewing. However, many anesthesia departments prohibit sedation in such patients because gum chewing is considered the ingestion of a clear liquid. As a result, many patients end up having procedures delayed or cancelled when they report having chewed gum — unnecessarily, the new data suggest.
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Study finds many patients unaware of what anesthesia providers actually do
Medical Xpress
When patients undergo surgery, there is a doctor in the operating room — the anesthesiologist — whose job is a mystery to many of them, according to new research by a Rutgers physician. That is unfortunate, the researcher says, because if patients had a better sense of what this doctor does, it would improve the chances that their surgery will be both successful and more comfortable.
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Noncardiac perioperative risk factors in elderly mapped
Anesthesiology News
Patients older than 80 years have been found to do well after noncardiac surgery, with surprisingly few complications, according to a study from Japan. However, there are several factors that predict postoperative adverse events, including preoperative hypoalbuminemia, intraoperative blood transfusion, longer operative time and male gender.
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