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Hospitals take leap on error prevention
Health News Florida
Nearly half of Florida hospitals have earned an "A" on error prevention in a new report card from a business-backed group concerned about patient safety. The ratings from The Leapfrog Group show Florida fifth among the states on its safety scores. No Florida hospitals flunked, and just three scored a D.
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Anesthetics can cause long-term memory loss, research reveals
The Medical News
Researchers at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine have shown why anesthetics can cause long-term memory loss, a discovery that can have serious implications for post-operative patients. Until now, scientists haven't understood why about a third of patients who undergo anesthesia and surgery experience some kind of cognitive impairment — such as memory loss — at hospital discharge. One-tenth of patients still suffer cognitive impairments three months later.
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Combined propofol and fentanyl improves anesthesia quality in EGD
Gastroentreology & Endoscopy News
The combination of propofol and fentanyl is more effective than propofol alone in patients having upper gastrointestinal endoscopies, researchers have found. Physicians favor using propofol because it takes effect quickly and has the advantage of being short-acting, which equates to faster recovery times. But the drug lacks analgesic properties; consequently, larger doses are needed to adequately anesthetize patients before beginning a procedure. Gagging is common.
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Steps for doctors and patients to make anesthesia safer
The Wall Street Journal
Looking to reduce and prevent dangerous complications from anesthesia and sedation during surgery, hospitals and surgical centers are ramping up emergency training for medical staff and keeping a closer eye on patients on the operating table. Anesthesia is the part of surgery many patients may understand the least, yet it can result in a wide range of complications, from cardiac arrest to damaged vocal chords.
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New study elucidates link between primary and referred pain
Anesthesiology News
Although the association between primary and referred pain is generally not well characterized, a study by an Iowa research team has shed more light on the link between the two pain types. The investigators found that a threshold level of primary pain is necessary to induce referred pain, and that there is a progressive relationship between referred pain and the intensity of primary pain.
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Nerve monitors and peripheral blockade: Assuring optimal needle placement
Anesthesiology News
Traditionally, the goal of peripheral nerve blockade has been to deposit local anesthetic as close as possible to the nerve to ensure a successful block. It was once widely taught that needle–nerve contact was necessary for a reliable block. However, it has become apparent that needle puncture, intraneural injection and even simple contact of the nerve with the needle are potentially hazardous and can lead to histologic and clinical nerve injury.
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Florida expects 200,000 new ACA enrollees for 2015
Health News Florida
About 206,000 additional Floridians are projected to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act when enrollment opens Nov.15, and insurers are hoping the young and healthy will be among their new customers. The projection, compiled by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation from information supplied by insurers, would raise total enrollment in Florida to roughly 1,070,000 people.
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