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Study: Surgery awareness not tied to long-term PTSD
Medical Xpress
Patients with confirmed episodes of awareness during anesthesia and surgery don't seem to be at increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder or other problems with psychosocial well-being at long-term follow-up, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia.
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Study finds low hand hygiene compliance during anesthesia administration
Medical News Today
Anesthesia providers are missing opportunities to clean their hands during surgical procedures, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. In the study, researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center used video observation to map patterns of anesthesia provider hand contact with anesthesia work environment surfaces to assess hand hygiene compliance.
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Reduce costs with pre-op testing
Anesthesiology news
Routine preanesthetic tests cost more than $60 billion every year, but far fewer than 1 percent reveal pertinent abnormalities relating to the anesthetic or the surgery, according to a 1989 study published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. For that reason, national guidelines recommend minimizing preoperative testing in low-risk, stable patients undergoing non-emergent surgery.
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Study elucidates spike in 1997-2009 opioid prescribing
Anesthesiology News
The multifaceted problem of sharply rising opioid prescribing and related overdose deaths, which peaked in 2009, has been further analyzed by a research group in a recently published paper. The Stanford University team used 1997-2009 data from the large National Ambulatory and National Health Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study opioid-related trends in ambulatory patients.
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State backtracks on rate proposals
Health News Florida
The information posted by health insurers on a state website indicating they would not seek a rate increase for 2015 in Florida's individual market was "incorrect" and has been taken down, the Office of Insurance Regulation said recently. Some of the insurers listed "zero" instead of their real intentions in order to keep them out of the public domain, OIR's spokesman Harvey Bennett said. It is legal for them to do that under a "trade secrets" statute, he said.
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Shortage of saline has hospitals on edge
MedPage Today
Hospitals across the country are struggling to deal with a shortage of one of their essential medical supplies. Manufacturers are rationing saline — a product used all over the hospital to clean wounds, mix medications and treat dehydration. Now drug companies say they won't be able to catch up with demand until next year.
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