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Researchers determine best anesthesia option for infants
Medical Xpress
Infants undergoing some types of surgery could have better recovery if they receive regional anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, according to two studies published online in Anesthesiology. Researchers explored the differences between the two types of anesthesia by measuring the presence of apnea following hernia surgery.
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Current concepts in management of the difficult airway
Anesthesiology News
Management of the difficult airway remains one of the most relevant and challenging tasks for anesthesia care providers. This review focuses on several of the alternative airway management devices/techniques and their clinical applications, with particular emphasis on the difficult or failed airway. It includes descriptions of many new airway devices.
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Feds tell insurers to pay for anesthesia during screening colonoscopies
National Public Radio
The federal government recently clarified that insurers can't charge people for anesthesia administered during a free colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer. That's welcome news for consumers, some of whom have been charged hundreds of dollars for anesthesia after undergoing what they thought would be a free test. But the government guidance leaves important questions unanswered.
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Mechanically ventilated patients can self-administer sedatives
Anesthesiology News
Despite obvious challenges in identifying appropriate candidates, mechanically ventilated patients can safely self-administer sedative medications using widely available infusion pumps, a research team has concluded. Although the researchers' primary focus was not the efficacy of the patient-controlled sedation system, they hope to delve deeper into outcomes in future studies.
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Hospitals push back on revenue sharing
The News Service of Florida via Health News Florida
Florida hospitals recently fired back against Gov. Rick Scott in the latest salvo over the governor's suggestion that the healthcare facilities mimic professional baseball teams in sharing revenues. The Florida Hospital Association sent a letter to Scott objecting to the governor's money-sharing proposal, which the group labeled a new "tax," to help cover the costs of the Low Income Pool, or LIP, program, set to expire on June 30 unless state and federal negotiators come up with a new plan.
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