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Where anesthesia takes effect
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
The identification of a protein that drives the effectiveness of inhalational anesthesia could lead to lower-concentration agents with fewer unwanted consequences, say Johns Hopkins researchers. The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Anesthesiology, focused on a scaffolding protein called postsynaptic density protein-95 which, when blocked, prevents some forms of chronic pain and reduces the levels of anesthesia needed to have an effect on patients.
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Anesthesia risks still high in children with pulmonary hypertension
Anesthesiology News
Children with pulmonary hypertension are still at a high risk for adverse events during anesthesia even when using the latest disease-modifying treatments, according to a new study. PHT, which affects the arteries in the lungs and right side of the heart, historically restricted children from surgery because of their shortened life expectancy and high risk for serious anesthesia-related complications, according to researchers.
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EMR systems generating a new set of problems for nurses
By Joan Spitrey
One of the biggest proposed purposes and benefits of the electronic medical record was improved patient care and safety. Gone would be the days of "team reading" of illegible doctor's orders — now prescriber orders would be entered directly into the record, removing errors from handwriting and transcription. Gone would be the days of reading data to providers over the phone — now they would have remote, instant access to patient's records. The future was looking bright, safer and more efficient.
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Florida hospitals say so long to fee-for-service
Health News Florida
The need to reduce patient readmission rates is leading hospitals across Florida to share ideas with one another. The "fee-for-service" payment era is over, and concepts like accountable care organizations are becoming the norm, said healthcare professionals at the recent Florida Readmissions Summit at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
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Study reveals previously unknown site of anesthetic action
Medical News Today
Anesthetics have been used in surgical procedures for more than 150 years, but the mechanisms by which inhaled anesthesia actually work are poorly understood. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have discovered that anesthetics bind to and interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons, which are necessary for these neurons to transmit signals involved in anesthesia and the perception of pain.
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