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Propofol drug study may help develop anesthetics with fewer side effects
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Imperial College London have identified the site where the widely-used anesthetic drug propofol binds to receptors in the brain to sedate patients during surgery.
Until now, it hasn't been clear how propofol connects with brain cells to induce anesthesia.
Safer anesthesia and sounder sleep: A new era of advancement
Life before anesthesia was horrific. Operations were incredibly painful. Many patients facing surgery suffered anxiety worse than the condition their surgery was supposed to fix.
That's probably why a 2007 British Medical Journal poll named anesthetics one of the top three medical advances since the 1840s, along with sanitation and antibiotics.
But how these potent — yet dangerous — agents of bliss actually work is a mystery.
Doctors fight back against sedation machine that promises cheaper colonoscopies
The Wall Street Journal
Anesthesiologists, who are among the highest-paid physicians, have long fought people in health care who target their specialty to curb costs. Now the doctors are confronting a different kind of foe: machines.
A new system called Sedasys, made by Johnson & Johnson, would automate the sedation of many patients undergoing colonoscopies. That could take anesthesiologists out of the room, eliminating a big source of income for the doctors.
Nurse injures back while preventing patient from sliding off OR table
Outpatient Surgery News
A surgical nurse at a Texas hospital suffered an apparent debilitating back injury while preventing a patient from sliding off the OR table. Now she's suing the nurse anesthetist who accidentally tilted the table in the wrong direction.
Nurse practitioners may be among most satisfied
Staffing Industry Analysis
Nurse practitioners may be among the most satisfied healthcare workers in the country, according to research released by Staff Care, a physician and nurse practitioner staffing division of AMN Healthcare Inc.
A survey of nurse practitioners by Staff Care found that 99 percent are optimistic about the future of their profession, 96 percent would choose to be a nurse practitioner if they had their careers to do over and 97 percent would recommend becoming a nurse practitioner to their children or other young people.
Hospitals killing up to 400,000 patients a year?
Outpatient Surgery News
Preventable adverse events in hospitals are responsible for at least 210,000 deaths a year, and might cause as many as 400,000 deaths a year, according to a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety.
The study suggests that the Institute of Medicine's 1999 report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, significantly underestimated the number, which it pegged at up to 98,000 deaths per year.
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