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Nurse anesthetists prevent pain with technology
The Future of Healthcare
Anesthesia allows patients to undergo critical, often life-saving medical procedures they otherwise couldn't handle. During most of those procedures, the anesthesia is administered not by an anesthesiologist, but by a certified registered nurse anesthetist, or CRNA. These nurses never leave their patient's side, monitoring vital signs and adjusting dosages to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.
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The risks of pre-op sedation
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
Do your providers prescribe a dose of benzodiazepine to calm a patient's nerves before surgery? A study published in a recent issue of JAMA suggests that it may actually be doing them more harm than good. French researchers enrolled more than 1,000 elective surgery patients under the age of 70 who were scheduled for general anesthesia into three groups. One group received 2.5 mg of lorazepam two hours before surgery. Another received a placebo. The third received no pre-op sedation.
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Study shows minimal declines in opioid dosing
Pain Medicine News
Despite years of concern about the need for lower opioid dose limits, opioid dosing fell only minimally in the six-year period from 2008 to 2013. What's more, concurrent benzodiazepine therapy was associated with higher opioid dosing, although a lower opioid dose is recommended when combining the two classes.
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Overnight surgery centers get House help
Health News Florida
Despite objections from the hospital industry, a Florida House panel has approved a bill that would allow patients to stay overnight at ambulatory surgical centers and would open the door for longer-term "recovery care centers." The bill (HB 999), backed by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee, would revise part of state law that requires patients to be discharged from ambulatory surgical centers on the same day they are admitted and prevents overnight stays.
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States lift nurse practitioner hurdles amid doctor shortage
Forbes
An increasing number of states are eliminating hurdles for patients who want easier access to treatment from a nurse practitioner, with Nebraska joining 19 other states by granting patients "full and direct" access to these advanced degree nurses. Such full practice authority allows nurse practitioners to evaluate patients, make diagnoses,"“order and interpret diagnostic tests" and prescribe without maintaining a collaborative agreement with doctors, according to the Nebraska bill signed into law by Gov. Pete Ricketts.
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WMA warns against making essential anesthetic a controlled drug
Medical News Today
The World Medical Association is urging its 111 member associations to lobby their governments to oppose scheduling the anesthetic agent Ketamine as a controlled drug. The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is due to vote March 13 on whether to schedule Ketamine because of concern about its use as an illicit recreational drug in many countries.
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