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New research suggests sleep apnea screening before surgery
Medical Xpress
Scheduled for surgery? New research suggests that you may want to get screened and treated for obstructive sleep apnea before going under the knife. According to a first-of-its-kind study in the October issue of Anesthesiology, patients with OSA who are diagnosed and treated for the condition prior to surgery are less likely to develop serious cardiovascular complications such as cardiac arrest or shock.
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Morphine-epilepsy drug combo can result in less pain, lower opioid doses
Medical News Today
Adding a common epilepsy drug to a morphine regimen can result in better pain control with fewer side effects. Moreover, the combination can reduce the dosage of the opioid needed to be effective, according to a team of pain researchers at Indiana University. The result could bring significant relief to many patients with neuropathic pain, a difficult-to-treat condition often felt in the arms and legs and associated with nerve tissue damage.
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Pre-op routines reduce post-op risks in obese patients
Anesthesiology News
Dedicated protocols for patients undergoing abdominal surgery can greatly reduce their risk for complications after the procedure, researchers have found. Ensuring that patients are physically fit and knowledgeable about the procedure, combined with steps to minimize the risk for blood clots and other complications, might be key to preventing adverse outcomes and hastening recovery, the researchers said.
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States have wide differences in rate of narcotic use
Anesthesiology News
Louisiana and New York state have the highest amount of narcotics use in workers' compensation cases among the 25 states included in a recent study. The research, conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, found nearly a fourfold variation between the high- and low-use states.
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New measure provides more data on oxygen levels during sedation
Medical Xpress
The "area under the curve of oxygen desaturation" may provide a more sophisticated approach to monitoring blood oxygen levels during procedures using sedation, according to a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The AUCDesat provides information not only whether blood oxygenation has dropped too low — but also on the depth, duration and rate of episodes of oxygen desaturation. The new study reports on the development of the AUCDesat as a potentially useful new approach to monitoring patient during sedation.
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Some states require insurers to reveal rates paid to health providers
Kaiser Health News via Bradenton Herald
Fourteen states — but not Florida — require insurers to report the rates they pay different healthcare providers. A handful of those states make those prices available to consumers. When Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield became embroiled in a contract dispute with Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire in 2010, its negotiators came to the table armed with a new weapon: public data showing the hospital was one of the most expensive in the state for some services.
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