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TUE, JUN 11, 2013

Anesthesia: An Important Component in Improving Efficiency at ASCs

The front-page article in this month’s volume of Becker’s ASC Review, lists 10 ways ambulatory surgery centers can continue to improve efficiency. Many of the tips – allowing for early starts, promoting teamwork and leadership, and constant communication – have merit. After all, without a committed team willing to go... Read More

THU, MAY 30, 2013

The Impact of Healthcare Reform May Need Wait-And-See Approach

The clock is ticking. With just about seven months remaining until the major changes of healthcare reform take hold, the anticipation – and dread - depending on where you stand on this hotly contested topic – is beginning to reach its zenith. For the 38th time, the U.S. House of Representatives... Read More

WED, MAY 8, 2013

Could Anesthesia Providers Vanish From GI Suite? Not Yet.

GI procedures have increased across the country and as a direct result so has the use of propofol during those cases.  And just as we have seen a sharp rise in these cases, so has a contentious debate on who should administer the anesthetic in the GI suite. Anesthesia providers contend... Read More

FRI, APR 26, 2013

The Impact of Clinician Infighting on Patient Safety

Scour the web for research on the relationship between clinician teamwork and patient satisfaction, and you’re bound to see study after study that shows the positive effect a harmonious surgical team has on patient safety. Statistics prove that when an effective relationship exists between OR management, surgeons, nurses, and the... Read More

FRI, APR 12, 2013

Grassroots Group Says Anesthesia Drug Shortage Caused by GPOs

It is no secret that the anesthetic drug shortage is a cause of major concern to many anesthesiologists nationwide. A 2012 survey conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists discovered that 97.6% of anesthesiologists (2,989 out of 3,063 surveyed) are experiencing a shortage of at least one anesthetic. 96% reported... Read More