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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Researchers identify new compound to treat depression-Fast-acting ketamine by-product – may be future therapy for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

There is new hope for people suffering from depression.  Researchers have identified a compound, hydroxynorketamine (HNK), that may treat symptoms of depression just as effectively and rapidly as ketamine, without the unwanted side effects associated with the psychoactive drug, according to a study in the July issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®).  Interestingly, use of HNK may also serve as a future therapeutic approach for treating neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, the authors note.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Surgical patients more likely to follow medication instructions when provided a simple, instruction sheet, study finds

A study in the July issue of Anesthesiology revealed that patients who receive a simple, multicolor, standardized medication instruction sheet before surgery are more likely to comply with their physician’s instructions and experience a significantly shorter post-op stay in recovery. These findings are important because surgical patients often fail to follow their doctor’s medication instructions for preexisting conditions such as diabetes and hypertension on the day they are having surgery – a costly mistake that can lead to surgery cancellation, complications and longer hospital stays.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Physician anesthesiologists identify 5 common tests & procedures to avoid-ASA's Choosing Wisely list published in JAMA Internal Medicine

Proving that less really is more, five specific tests or procedures commonly performed in anesthesiology that may not be necessary and, in some cases should be avoided, will be published online June 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  The “Top-five” list was created by the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) for inclusion in the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Check out the ASA Fire Sale on select coding books now through July 4, 2014

Save 55% on select issues of the Relative Value Guide® and CROSSWALK® coding books. Order now and save money through July 4, 2014.

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Friday, June 06, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists® congratulates anesthesiologist assistants on AA Day

On behalf of the American Society of Anesthesiologists®, I congratulate the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants celebrating AA Day on Friday, June 6. This important day recognizes anesthesiologist assistants for their dedication to safe patient care and their valuable role on the Anesthesia Care Team.

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Registration is now open for the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2014 annual meeting

ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 – Registration is now open!
Register today for the premier event in anesthesiology, the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, October 11-15 in New Orleans. Experience five days of exceptional anesthesiology-related education and participate in more than 500 sessions, groundbreaking research, and the latest topics and devices in anesthesiology, all in the unique city of New Orleans. It's an EXPERIENCE you won't want to miss. Register now!




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