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Propofol dosing by weight may shortchange obese patients
Anesthesiology News
Clinicians should use bispectral index values to guide propofol induction in patients with morbid obesity, according to Canadian researchers who found that BIS values are better than body weight in this population. The randomized study, which compared the efficacy of propofol target induction doses calculated using lean body weight, found the doses based on LBW were consistently lower than those based on the BIS monitoring.
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Keeping an eye on anesthesia drug costs
Pharmacy Practice News
Anesthesia costs can differ by as much as 10 fold between similar cases, suggesting significant variability in how clinicians handle medications in the operating room, new research has found. The wide variations in drug use, and consequent costs, among anesthesia providers during similar cases are both an opportunity to minimize waste and a teaching opportunity, according to the researchers.
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South Florida hospitals using cutting-edge innovations
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Cutting-edge innovations are debuting at hospitals around South Florida, home to a bustling medical marketplace that is attracting some of the latest advancements in healthcare. Why? Because we are "savvy, sophisticated" healthcare consumers, as one hospital executive put it, and the competition for our loyalty is stiff.
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Propofol discovery may aid development of new anesthetics
Toronto NewsFIX
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.
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Could post-op pain impair patients' thinking?
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
The temporary memory and learning problems that some patients suffer after surgery have been linked to general anesthesia, physical stress and sleep disturbance. A newly published animal study speculates that post-op pain at the incision site may also impair cognitive function.
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