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THU, FEB 9, 2012

A Likely Remedy for Postoperative Sore Throat and Cough – Licorice?!

Next time you’re at the movies and are deciding between Twizzlers and Sno Caps, you may want to choose Twizzlers, especially if you have surgery planned in the near future. Okay, it’s not that simple, but a new study shows that gargling with a licorice solution before surgery significantly reduces postoperative... Read More

FRI, FEB 3, 2012

US Air Force Grants CRNAs Independent Practice at Their Facilities

In an effort to improve patient safety while providing the most-cost effective anesthesia care, the U.S. Air Force has instituted a new policy that allows Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to perform independently based on their scope of practice. The landmark studies that supported the utilization of CRNAs in patient care... Read More

WED, JAN 18, 2012

Benefits of CRNAs and Anesthesia Care Team Model

Exceptional quality in the delivery of anesthesia in the OR is as vital to a hospital’s clinical and financial success as virtually any other component of a facility’s day-to-day operations. That is about as unquestionable and iron-clad of a statement as you can make in the healthcare industry. The debate,... Read More

TUE, JAN 17, 2012

OIG: Most Adverse Events at Hospitals Go Unreported

The Office of the Investigator General (OIG) for the Department of Health & Human Services published a report a few weeks ago titled, “Hospital Incident Reporting Systems Do Not Capture Most Patient Harm,” in which an in-depth study of adverse event reporting in almost 200 hospitals disturbingly revealed significant underreporting... Read More

THU, JAN 5, 2012

Risk of Stopping Smoking Before Surgery Unsubstantiated

It is not often that you receive a caution against stopping smoking. However, despite medical evidence to the contrary, some medical literature supported the concept that stopping smoking before surgery posed a risk. Interpretations of prior studies linked increased postoperative pulmonary complications to stopping smoking less than eight weeks before surgery. One study of... Read More