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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

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015
January 23-25, 2015
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, GA

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:

  • Effective group governance
  • Risk management
  • Bundled payment negotiations
  • Strategic alignment with health care organizations

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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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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Studies promoting use of antidepressants for postoperative pain may be premature, review finds

Antidepressants are known to provide effective pain relief for various chronic pain conditions; however, the jury is still out on their use in treating the millions of patients who suffer from acute or chronic pain following surgery.  A first-of-its-kind literature review published in the September issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), suggests although a majority of studies report positive outcomes, there is currently insufficient evidence to support the clinical use of antidepressants for the treatment of postoperative pain.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Opioid users breathe easier with novel drug to treat respiratory depression

People taking prescription opioids to treat moderate to severe pain may be able to breathe a little easier, literally.  A study published in the September issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), found that a new therapeutic drug, GAL-021, may reverse or prevent respiratory depression, or inadequate breathing, in patients taking opioid medication without compromising pain relief or increasing sedation.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Rep. Tammy Duckworth attends ASA® ribbon-cutting ceremony at Schaumburg headquarters

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA) was honored by the attendance of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) who congratulated ASA in a speech to attendees at its ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, August 16. The grand-opening event welcomed approximately 175 attendees, including ASA leaders, members, staff and guests to the building for the first time.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Statement on Obstetrical Complications and Maternal Outcomes

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists President John C. Jennings, MD, and American Society of Anesthesiologists® President Jane C.K. Fitch, MD, released the following statement today:
 
“The study published today in Health Affairs regarding variability in obstetrical complications demonstrates the need for constructive efforts to improve care for women and babies across America. Not surprisingly, the study found remarkable levels of variability between low-performing and high-performing hospitals. American women, and their families, deserve better."

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Registration is now open for ASA Quality Meeting

ASA Quality Meeting
November 8-9, 2014
Schaumburg, IL


ASA members, don't miss the ASA Quality Meeting where you will learn strategies for meeting quality mandates and how to use quality management data to improve patient outcomes and performance measurement. Register now.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

2014 SEE Program Volume 30B now available


Just released SEE Volume 30B! Pick up the latest issue of the Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program, Volume 30 A & B. Each Volume of SEE includes 100 questions, with 200 questions for the full subscription, providing a great value for participants. 

Stay up-to-date on critical advances affecting the specialty and emerging trends with this comprehensive tool consisting of aggregated content from more than 40 professional medical journals. 

Plus SEE help fulfill the Part 2 Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment component of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®) program. Learn more at see.asahq.org/web/




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