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Vasoconstrictor may treat anesthesia-induced hypertension
Anesthesiology News
A pilot study has concluded that 0.5 mg of the blood pressure drug metaraminol has a variable effect on cardiac output and oxygen delivery in patients who develop hypotension during induction of anesthesia. The researchers said they planned to test the drug at different doses as a treatment for hypotension in surgical patients.
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Pain care improving in hospitals, slowly and minimally
Anesthesiology News
Pain management in hospitals is improving across the board, but not as much as might be hoped, according to the results of a study pending publication. The study found a statistically significant increase in patient satisfaction with pain care in government-owned, for-profit and nonprofit hospitals between October 2006 and March 2012, but also found that this increase did not keep pace with other improvements, such as patient satisfaction with overall care.
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Long-term opioid treatment can promote good patient outcomes
Anesthesiology News
Long-term opioid treatment can produce positive outcomes in chronic noncancer pain when physicians prescribe it carefully to individuals who have low risks for addiction and overdose, according to the results of a systematic review.
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Healthcare spending growth is slow but rising
USA Today
Healthcare costs have been growing at a historically low rate but are poised to increase again starting this year, according to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report. Though growth over the next nine years is likely to be lower than it was from the 1990s through most of the 2000s, it will average 6 percent from 2015 to 2023, up from the 5.8 percent CMS predicted last year. That's below the 7.2 percent increase in healthcare spending from 1990 through 2008.
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Antidepressants show potential for postoperative pain
Medical News Today
After a systematic review of clinical trials based on administering antidepressants for acute and chronic post-surgical pain, researchers have concluded that more trials are needed to determine whether these drugs should be prescribed for postsurgical pain on a regular basis.
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