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TUE, OCT 21, 2014

Celebrating Healthcare Quality Week

Somnia Anesthesia joined the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) this week in celebrating Healthcare Quality Week (HQW). The national campaign focuses on spreading the word about providers’ accomplishments in improving the delivery of care and quality of patient outcomes.  According to NAHQ, Healthcare Quality Week “highlights the work of healthcare... Read More

THU, OCT 16, 2014

Colonoscopy: Comfort vs. Cost

Each day a colonoscopy is skipped somewhere in the United States, and for good reason. Most individuals indicate the pain, discomfort, and general awkwardness they’ve endured during this LIFE-saving procedure as their reasons to avoid the doctor’s office. For those who do decide to undergo the procedure, a majority utilize some... Read More

WED, SEP 10, 2014

Gentlemen, This is No Humbug

“Surgery is pain. Torturous, gut-wrenching, terrifying pain.” Pain that was only partially soothed by opium, whiskey, or a powerful punch into unconsciousness - until the first publicly demonstrated use of ether as an anesthetic on October 16, 1846. William T.G. Morton, a dentist from Hartford, Connecticut, became the first anesthesiologist... Read More

TUE, AUG 26, 2014

Anesthesia & The American Civil War

Thoughts of the American Civil War are generally associated with the dissolution of the Confederacy, the abolishment of slavery, the Lincoln assassination, and gangrene- riddled soldiers waiting to have their limbs amputated with nothing but courage and a stiff drink to take the edge off - certainly not contributions to... Read More

WED, JUL 30, 2014

Store Dantrolene and Save Lives

Experts from the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS) are encouraging anesthesia practices to store dantrolene, a muscle relaxant used to treat malignant hyperthermia, a rare disorder most commonly caused by anesthesia. Researchers used a decision tree model to assess the effectiveness of storing dantrolene, while weighing variables... Read More