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Senate nurse prescription bill moves on
Health News Florida
A bill that would let nurse practitioners prescribe controlled substances and commit patients under the Baker Act narrowly passed the Senate Health Policy Committee recently. The 5-to-4 vote on SB 1352 reflected the divided emotions among the dozens of nurses, psychiatrists, physicians and others who spoke during the hearing.
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Study: Brain can process sensory information while under anesthesia
Medical Xpress
Rats' brains may remember odors they were exposed to while deeply anesthetized, suggests research in rats published in the April issue of Anesthesiology. Previous research has led to the belief that sensory information is received by the brain under general anesthesia but not perceived by it. These new findings suggest the brain not only receives sensory information, but also registers the information at the cellular level while anesthetized without behavioral reporting of the same information after recovering from anesthesia.
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Multidisciplinary program improves extubation rates
Anesthesiology News
A North Carolina hospital has dramatically increased rates of early extubation after cardiac surgery, reduced patient returns to the ICU and shortened patient stays in the hospital. The multidisciplinary effort was born of the realization a few years ago that extubation rates at the facility were an alarmingly low 14.4 percent. In response, a team of nurses, respiratory therapists, anesthesiologists, surgeons and intensivists began working together to assess the problem and develop protocols to improve extubation rates.
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Comparable outcomes for inpatient, outpatient orthopaedic surgeries
Medical News Today
As the effectiveness of anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation continues to improve, more orthopaedic procedures are being done on an outpatient basis. In a new research study presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, same-day total joint replacement patient outcomes were comparable to those of patients admitted to the hospital and staying at least one night following surgery. However, readmission rates, although statistically "non-significant," were higher for outpatient procedures.
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Surgical patients show higher mortality from harm, study shows
Anesthesiology News
Researchers have long known that postsurgery recovery is a vulnerable time for patients, but a new study goes a step toward quantifying that risk. Michigan investigators assessed patients who experienced similar harms in the hospital — such as infection, pressure ulcers or renal failure — and found surgical patients represented a significantly higher percentage of overall mortality from harm than the rest of the inpatient population.
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Florida legislators won't touch medicaid expansion
Tampa Bay Times
The debate that dominated last year's legislative session hasn't gone away. Hospitals, powerful business alliances and grass-roots advocacy groups still believe Florida should access the billions of federal dollars available for Medicaid expansion. The difference between this year and last: Nobody wants to talk about it.
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