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Are the cognitive side effects of anesthesia overlooked?
Medical News Today
Surgery and anesthesia are more safe and effective now than ever before. Despite this, minor side effects from anesthesia are common, such as pain, postoperative nausea and residual "hang over." Although physicians are focused on minimizing these side effects in order to improve the patient experience, less attention has been paid to the cognitive side effects associated with anesthesia, such as agitation, postoperative delirium and postoperative cognitive dysfunction.
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Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after noncardiac surgery
Medical Xpress
Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. Vitamin D concentrations were associated with a composite of in-hospital death, serious infections and serious cardiovascular events, according to the new research by Dr. Alparslan Turan and colleagues of the Cleveland Clinic.
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Extended-release bupivacaine holds own in pair of surgery studies
Anesthesiology News
A new formulation of slow-release bupivacaine reduces both pain intensity and postoperative opioid consumption relative to placebo in patients undergoing shoulder surgery and hernia repair, researchers have found. The formulation, sucrose acetate isobutyrate extended-release bupivacaine, seems to offer several advantages over other therapeutic options, according to the investigators.
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Change coming to GI centers' payment models
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
Bundled payments are the future for GI centers, and it could be for the best, some say. Dr. John Allen, president of the American Gastroenterological Association, says in a recent article in Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News that falling fee-for-service reimbursement rates for colonoscopy may mean that it's time for GI facilities to get a head start on alternative payment models.
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Study addresses extubation in children
Anesthesiology News
For years, anesthesiologists have debated the optimal minimal mechanical ventilator support from which to extubate children. At the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Critical Care Medicine, researchers who presented a trial involving 171 children said their study provides an answer.
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Remifentanil an option for conscious sedation
Anesthesiology News
An increasing number of procedures either do not require general anesthesia or are performed in patients too fragile to tolerate it, opening the door to increased use of conscious sedation, particularly with a fast-onset/fast-offset drug. An observational study by a team of French investigators has concluded that target-controlled infusion with remifentanil is appropriate for conscious sedation, even in fragile patients or for long-duration procedures.
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