February 1, 2013
Volume 77, Number 2
Anesthesiology in the News
Air Force Vet Named Chair in PA
Brett Anderson, M.D. has been named chair of the anesthesiology department at the Beaver campus of Heritage Valley Health System in Pennsylvania. As a Major in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Anderson served as anesthesia chief while deployed in Iraq, and as the sole anesthesia provider while deployed in Qatar. In recognition of his service, he has received the
National Defense Service Medal, Global War on
Terrorism Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon.
Anesthesia Study Opens Window
A November 2012 edition of Time magazine
featured a study from MIT and Massachusetts
General Hospital (MGH) that revealed what happens in the brain as patients lose consciousness during
anesthesia. The study provided information on a physiological signal for measuring when someone
is unconscious under anesthesia.
Recognize and Manage Physician Stress Burnout
ASA member Jessica A. Alexander, M.D. authored a guest column on KevinMD.com about how physicians can reduce stress and burnout. Dr. Alexander encouraged physicians to live each day consciously and make decisions that create less stress mentally, physically and emotionally.
The Most Important Article in NEJM History
The New England Journal of Medicine unveiled its most important article. The 1846 article, titled “Insensibility During Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation,” explored one of the many significant advances in the specialty of anesthesia. The article was chosen by votes from NEJM readers.
Self-hypnosis Fails to Reduce Epidural Use
ASA member William R. Camann, M.D. discussed the role of self-hypnosis during labor in a Fox News/Reuters report on December 7, 2012. Dr. Camann explained while there has been much interest in
hypnotic or mind control techniques for labor pain, the ones that are most effective take a lot of
Cosmetic Surgery Laws
Often Aren’t Enough
In the December 10, 2012 issue of
USA Today, ASA member Hector Vila, M.D.
explained how several states require
accreditation for offices intending to use
deep or general anesthesia. Dr. Vila called
for related laws to be more strictly enforced.
Anesthesiology Focus for
Operating Room Efficiency
On December 26, 2012, HealthLeaders Media
talked to ASA member Martin L. De Ruyter, M.D., who provided insight into how anesthesiologists are becoming more involved in perioperative care due to the increased demand for better coordinated care.
Dr. De Ruyter described anesthesiologists as the “traffic cops” in operating rooms.
Why Physician-Led Pain Care Is
Important for Patients
ASA Section Chair of Professional Practice
Stanley W. Stead, M.D. authored a guest column
on December 18, 2012 for KevinMD.com/MedPage Today about the important role of physicians in
delivering pain care. Dr. Stead mentioned how
the recent decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse nurse
anesthetists for chronic pain services is
dangerous and jeopardizes patient safety.
5 Challenges for Anesthesia in 2013
In the December 21, 2012 Becker’s ASC Review,
ASA President-Elect Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. weighed
in on several challenges and opportunities anesthesiologists will face in 2013, including drug shortages, the Perioperative Surgical Home™ Model of Care, scope of practice and Medicare sequestration issues.
U.S. Drug Shortages: A Disappearing Problem?
ASA Vice President for Scientific Affairs Arnold J. Berry, M.D., M.P.H. explained in the British Medical Journal last December how ASA dealt with the drug shortage of propofol in 2009. The article also included major findings from the March 2012 ASA drug
For a complete list of news clips, please visit the ASA press room at bit.ly/MhHpMr.