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Regional better than general anesthesia in post-op study
Anesthesiology News
Patients undergoing elective surgery may fare better if they receive regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The study, presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, found that 0.81 percent of adults receiving RA died within 30 days of surgery, compared with 1.13 percent of those receiving GA.
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ACA health premiums up 10 to 15 percent in Florida
Health News Florida and The Associated Press
The average monthly premiums for Affordable Care Act "silver plans" increased by double digits in most Florida counties for 2015, according to an Associated Press analysis. In their analysis, AP reporters Mike Schneider in Orlando and Kelli Kennedy in Miami compared premiums after averaging them for all silver plans, without taking subsidies into account.
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Goal-directed fluid therapy reduces hospital length of stay
Anesthesiology News
Measuring continuous stroke volume during surgery to assess a patient's need for fluids can reduce postsurgical complications and hospital length of stay, German researchers have found. Researchers reported that using the technique, called hemodynamic optimization or goal-directed fluid therapy, in a group of patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty revision resulted in an average reduction of two days in hospital LOS and significantly less need for postoperative transfusion.
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New EHR vendors and technology needed for continued innovation
By Scott E. Rupp
In the span of the last five years, use and implementation of electronic health records in the U.S. has dramatically accelerated because of federal mandates and financial incentives directly related the meaningful use program. Because of these efforts, as well as time and resources invested by healthcare providers, electronic health records are more popular than at any point in the past and are now "the heart of health IT," according to research firm Frost & Sullivan.
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Florida Hospital offers a sneak peek of its new tower for women
Orlando Sentinel
Designed to match modern medicine with the special medical needs that women have, Florida Hospital for Women will be taking up several floors at their building at 2415 N. Orange Ave., including the seventh floor dedicated to mothers and their newborn babies, and the sixth floor for high risk mothers and babies. Florida Hospital for Women began construction on the 12-story patient tower on Feb. 8, and it is expected to open by November or December of 2015.
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Post-op nausea and vomiting reduced with IV acetaminophen
Anesthesiology News
Preliminary data indicate reduced postoperative/post-discharge nausea and vomiting and improved patient satisfaction after a single dose of IV acetaminophen in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy, compared with traditional opioid-based anesthetics. Despite this, the overall amount of opioid administered intraoperatively and in the postanesthesia care unit was not reduced.
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Study offers new clues into how anesthesia works
Medical Xpress
Anesthesia has been a mystery for much of its 160-plus-year history in the operating room. No one could figure out how these drugs interact with the brain to block pain and induce a coma-like, memory-free state. The debate has divided the anesthesia research community into two camps: one that believes anesthetics primarily act on the cell membrane of nerve cells, perhaps altering it to the point that embedded proteins cannot function normally. The other says the membrane proteins themselves are altered directly by anesthetics.
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Hand hygiene declines toward workday's end
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
As the workday progresses, hand hygiene among hospital workers who deal directly with patients declines, according to behavioral researchers. Their study, published online by the Journal of Applied Psychology, looked at three years of hand-washing data involving about 4,000 healthcare workers at 35 hospitals. It found that hand-washing compliance dropped an average of 8.7 percent between the beginning and the end of a typical 12-hour shift.
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