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May 05 - 07 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

2014 ASA Legislative Conference

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FDA MEDWATCH ALERTS

April 18, 2014

FDA MedWatch - ARKON Anesthesia Delivery System with Version 2.0 Software by Spacelabs Healthcare: Class I Recall

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FDA MedWatch Class I Recall 4 18 14

March 28, 2014

FDA Update on the Shortage of Normal Saline

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FDA Update on the Shortage of Normal Saline

March 18, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Merit Medical Systems, Custom Procedural Trays/Kits Containing 1 percent Lidocaine HCl Injection, 10mg/mL: Recall - Particulates Found in Hospira supplied Lidocaine

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Merit Medical Systems Custom Procedural Trays Kits Recall Particulates Found in Hospira Lidocaine

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chance of falling after knee replacement does not increase with regional anesthesia

Two types of regional anesthesia do not make patients more prone to falls in the first days after having knee replacement surgery as some have previously suggested, suggests a study based on nearly 200,000 patient records in the March issue of Anesthesiology.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

More than 14 percent of pregnant women prescribed opioids, study says

More than 14 percent of pregnant women were prescribed opioids (narcotics) for pain at some time during their pregnancy, according to a study posted to the online version of Anesthesiology.  Given the surprising rate these medications were prescribed to pregnant women, more research is needed to assess the risk of opioids to unborn babies, the study suggests.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Physician anesthesiologists head to Rwanda: improving health through education

Three members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) and staff at Stanford University School of Medicine depart for Kigali, Rwanda on Friday to take part in a teaching program at the two teaching hospitals of the National University of Rwanda. For four weeks, these ASA members will teach Rwandan physician anesthesiologists, residents and staff about perioperative anesthesia (before, during and after a procedure), including critical care medicine, procedural skills in a new simulation center, and pediatric anesthesia, as part of ASA’s GHO program.

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Monday, February 03, 2014

ASA Responds to The New York Times "Lifestyle Specialty" label

 

As physicians committed to patient safety, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is concerned about the misrepresentation of physician anesthesiologists in your article, “Patients’ Costs Skyrocket; Specialists’ Incomes Soar.” You describe our specialty among those that “…are often called lifestyle specialties…and there are few emergencies in these fields.” This could not be further from the truth.

 

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Monday, January 27, 2014

2014 SEE Program Volume 30A now available

Pick up the latest issue of the Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program and explore emerging knowledge that can affect your practice today and into the future. Acquire the latest research for and by practicing anesthesiologists, and 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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Monday, January 27, 2014

Registration is Now Open for ASA Quality Meeting - Early-Bird Deadline: March 12

ASA Members don't miss the ASA Quality Meeting, April 12-13, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt DFW in Dallas, Texas. Get the tools you need to create, implement and utilize a quality management plan at your practice. Leading national experts will share strategies for meeting quality mandates and how to use quality management data to improve patient outcomes and performance measurement. Earn up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Register now!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) releases Choosing Wisely® list for pain medicine

Not prescribing opioids first or as a long-term therapy for chronic, non-cancer pain and avoiding MRIs, CTs and X-rays for low-back pain are among the tests and treatments identified by ASA that are commonly ordered but not always necessary.   As part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign, ASA today released its second list of five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physician anesthesiologists about what care is really necessary.

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