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November 21, 2014

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FDA MedWatch - Nellcor Puritan Bennett, 980 Ventilator System: Class I Recall - Software Issue May Stop Ventilator

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FDA MedWatch Nellcor Puritan Bennett 980 Ventilator System Class I Recall

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FDA MedWatch Intravia Containers by Baxter Recall

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Reported opioid abuse in pregnant women more than doubles in 14 years

The number of pregnant women who abuse or are dependent on opioids (narcotics) jumped 127 percent in 14 years, leading to an increased risk of maternal death and stillbirth among other serious problems, according to a review of more than 57 million American women admitted for delivery. The results were published in the December issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®).

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Statement on CMS report regarding Joan Rivers’ death and overall anesthesiology safety

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) President J.P. Abenstein, M.D. released the following statement:

 

“First and foremost, the death of a patient is always a tragic event, and our hearts continue to be with the family of Ms. Joan Rivers.

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a 22-page report this week regarding the tragic death of Ms. Rivers. The report stated ‘Based on the review of medical records, documents, policies and procedures and interviews, it was determined that the facility failed to ensure that patient care services are provided in a manner that protects the health and safety of all patients.’

 

Each of the more than 100 million operations and procedures performed on Americans every year involves the administration of anesthesia. The goal of every member of ASA is to give each patient the highest quality and safest care possible. While our goal is to reduce the risk of surgery and anesthesia to zero, we are not there yet.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

New - Ebola Information and Resources from ASA

ASA has developed recommendations as well as a list of frequently asked questions to help educate anesthesia providers on how best to handle contact with patients suspected or confirmed to have the Ebola virus.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Measure, Report, Save Lives and Protect Income

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Registration is now open for the Certificate in Business Administration program

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Gain skills to efficiently and profitably manage your practice with ASA's Certificate in Business Administration program. Earn up to 60 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM by participating in this four-session program. Register now!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Submit a poster presentation for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015 and earn a chance to win prizes

Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015 and you could win monetary prizes for the first, second and third place posters. Poster presentations should highlight the latest information in the following areas: Research in Perioperative Management, Quality Improvement, Leadership Development, Challenging Cases or Innovative Solutions in Practice Management. Submission deadline is October 31, 2014. Submit now.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® installs J.P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D. as its new president

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) today installed J.P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D., as its president during the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jeffrey S. Plagenhoef, M.D. elected first vice president, American Society of Anesthesiologists® Executive Committee

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) announced today the election of Jeffrey S. Plagenhoef, M.D., to first vice president of the ASA Executive Committee during the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Knee replacement patients benefit when physician anesthesiologists quarterback care

Knee replacement patients go home sooner, are highly satisfied and incur less cost when a physician anesthesiologist coordinates care, suggests research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Large study delivers message to expectant mothers: Epidural, spinal anesthesia safe choices for relieving pain

Women seeking pain relief during childbirth should be comforted to know that epidural and spinal anesthesia are extremely safe, suggests a study of more than 80,000 women that reviewed anesthesia complications during obstetrical care. Data on anesthesia adverse events collected through the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s (AQI) National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) are being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Moms-to-be with low vitamin D levels could have more painful labors

Pregnant women with low vitamin D levels experience an increased amount of pain during labor, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting. Vitamin D deficiency has long been associated with depression and pain, but this is the first study to demonstrate its association with increased consumption of pain medication during childbirth.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pain after surgery greatly decreased in the last 10 years

A new study shows that pain severity among post-surgical patients has decreased by 24 percent since 2003. The study, presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, shows vast improvements in the field of pain management for surgical patients.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Researchers find higher incidence of surgery-related breathing problems in African-American children

Ethnicity may play a role in the occurrence of breathing problems during and after surgery, suggests preliminary results from a new study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

An end to needle phobia: device could make painless injections possible

Imagine no tears during infant vaccines and no fear of the needle for those old enough to know what’s coming. Such painless injections could be possible with a device that applies pressure and vibration while the needle is inserted in the skin, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Barriers lead to poor pain control in Latino children after surgery

More than two-thirds of children from low-income Latino families don’t receive adequate pain control when they go home after surgery, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting. Obstacles to appropriate pain management include language barriers, misconceptions about pain management and a preference for alternative therapies, the study found.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Common anesthetic can reduce chronic pain after mastectomy

More than two-thirds of women who have had mastectomies struggle with persistent pain, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Breast cancer patients who receive a common local anesthetic during surgery are less likely to experience chronic pain following mastectomy, suggests a new study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® bestows its highest honor, Distinguished Service Award, on John Neeld, M.D.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) today presented John Neeld, M.D., with its 2013 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contributions to dramatically advance the safety of anesthesia. The award is the highest honor ASA bestows and is presented annually to a member who has transformed the specialty of anesthesiology.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® recognizes Henrik Kehlet, M.D., Ph.D. with its 2014 Excellence in Research Award

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) today presented Henrik Kehlet, M.D., Ph.D., with its 2014 Excellence in Research Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research which have had an important impact on anesthesiology as a medical specialty. Dr. Kehlet is known for his research and writing in surgical pathophysiology, surgical stress response and the transition from acute to chronic pain, among other topics.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Knowing the roles of physician anesthesiologists can give patients a better experience and outcome

Most surgical patients know a physician anesthesiologist will “put them to sleep,” but what they don’t realize is that this medical doctor plays a major role in preparing them for the operation.  Just as important, these physicians keep them safe and preserve their health during surgery and help them recover as quickly and as comfortably as possible, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Patients with catastrophizing disorder more likely to develop chronic pain after surgery

Patients with a psychological cognitive disorder known as catastrophizing are more likely to develop persistent, chronic pain after surgery, according to new research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting. Pain catastrophizing occurs when a patient has an irrational and illogical focus on pain, perceiving that it is worse than it actually is.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Physician anesthesiologists find opportunity to reduce carbon footprint

Often overlooked in estimates of the carbon footprint created by the health care industry, inhaled anesthetics contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, suggests research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting. Switching to different types of anesthesia can reduce anesthesia-related emissions by more than 11 times, the study found.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® recognizes Rebecca Aslakson, M.D., Ph.D., with its 2014 Presidential Scholar Award

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) today presented Rebecca Aslakson, M.D., Ph.D., with its 2014 Presidential Scholar Award in recognition of her outstanding career in research. Dr. Aslakson has successfully erased boundaries, aligned multiple disciplines and demonstrated the leadership role that physician anesthesiologists can take to impact patients, families and other providers within and beyond the perioperative experience.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Take note: Study shows jazz and silence help reduce heart rate after surgery

Researchers are one step closer to confirming what people in New Orleans have known for decades: Jazz is good for you. Patients undergoing elective hysterectomies who listened to jazz music during their recovery experienced significantly lower heart rates, suggests a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chewing gum while fasting before surgery is safe, study finds

It is well known that patients should avoid eating and drinking before surgery to help prevent complications while under anesthesia. But is it safe to chew gum? Although chewing gum significantly increases the volume of liquids in the stomach, it is safe to administer sedatives or anesthesia to patients who have chewed gum while fasting before surgery, reports a new study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Huge registry shows anesthesia complication rates dropped by more than half in four years

Anesthesia-related complications decreased by more than half in four years, according to the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s (AQI) National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) of more than 3.2 million anesthesia cases. The results are being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Common anesthetic procedure dramatically improves well being of veterans with PTSD

A single application of a common anesthetic procedure could be the answer to alleviating anxiety, depression and psychological pain in those suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

ASA's Run For The Warriors 5K on Fox New Orleans

ASA's Run For The Warriors 5K, now in it's fifth year, was featured on local Fox 8 New Orleans. Watch ASA member and race participant Robin Stedman, M.D., discuss the 5K and why she takes part in this annual event. See the story here.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

ASA Charitable Foundation partners with Teleflex to host Lifebox Challenge at ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) today announced an initiative with Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, to benefit the ASA Charitable Foundation and its Lifebox campaign. The Lifebox photo challenge will be hosted at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.  For every annual meeting attendee who visits the Lifebox photo booth and has his or her picture taken, Teleflex will donate $20 per participant, up to $20,000 total.*

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Supporters host initiatives to benefit Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation at ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014

ASA corporate supporters PharMEDium, Baxter and TeamHealth today announced initiatives to benefit the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) during the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Dr. Fitch discusses anesthesia care on Health, Wealth & Wisdom

ASA President Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. was featured on WHNZ radio to discuss what patients should talk about with their physicians prior to a procedure or surgery. Listen to the interview here.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

New Orleans Run For The Warriors® honors post-9/11 service members

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA) will sponsor the Run For The Warriors® 5K Run/Walk at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in New Orleans. The race coincides with the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting and marks the fifth consecutive year of ASA sponsorship of the event.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Wartime anesthesia on display at The National WWII Museum

People interested in how medicine was practiced 70 years ago will find World War II-era equipment, manuals and photos illustrating how anesthesia was used on the battlefield and in the operating room (O.R.) during a five-day exhibit this month at The National WWII Museum. The exhibit will run October 10-14.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Register today for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015

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Don't miss the most empowering industry conference of its kind for physician anesthesiologists and practice administrators, PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015. Learn from world-renowned speakers about critical areas including:

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New research suggests sleep apnea screening before surgery

Scheduled for surgery?  New research suggests that you may want to get screened and treated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before going under the knife.  According to a first-of-its-kind study in the October issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), 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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Friday, September 05, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists® urges critical conversations about anesthesia between patients and physicians

While anesthesia is safer than ever before, every person scheduled for a procedure or surgery must have a serious conversation with their physician anesthesiologist about their anesthesia care delivery plan ahead of time, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®).

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Pain Experts: Don’t make these common mistakes when something hurts

Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. No matter what kind of pain you have, you want to make sure you’re managing it the best way possible.

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