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Florida nurse bill goes to far, critics say
Health News Florida
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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Residual paralysis affects two-thirds of patients in multicenter analysis
Anesthesiology News
Most patients who undergo elective laparoscopic and open abdominal surgery experience residual neuromuscular blockade after tracheal extubation, despite the use of neostigmine and neuromuscular monitoring with peripheral nerve stimulation, according to an interim analysis of data from the American arm of the RECITE (Residual Curarization and its Incidence at Tracheal Extubation–US) study.
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Noninvasive sensor may help clinicians guide opioid therapy after surgery
Anesthesiology News
A novel, noninvasive monitor of respiration for non-intubated patients in the postoperative setting can help clinicians make better decisions about which patients can receive opioids safely after surgery, and which are on the verge of experiencing potentially life-threatening complications, a new study shows.
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On Medicaid, FMA punts again
Health News Florida
The Florida Medical Association's Board of Governors turned aside a resolution in support of Medicaid Expansion recently, sending it to a committee. While FMA did not say that effectively kills it for this legislative session, its supporters did.
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Current concepts in the understanding of malignant hyperthermia
Anesthesiology News
Malignant hyperthermia is a pharmacogenetic disorder triggered by exposure to halogenated volatile anesthetic gases and succinylcholine. The underlying mechanism for this potentially lethal condition involves the unregulated release of calcium from the sarcoplasmic reticulum into the myoplasm.
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