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WED, MAR 7, 2012

Anesthesia in 2012 – What to Expect

With the first quarter of 2012 nearly complete, the key healthcare issues and trends that will impact anesthesiology this year are quite clear. And much like last year, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be a marquee concern.    The implementation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) could possibly... Read More

THU, MAR 1, 2012

Testing App Offers Realistic Experience for Anesthesiology Residents

If you’re thinking about a career in anesthesiology, be prepared to devote years – 12 to be exact – before you can take the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) board-certification examination.  Because the industry-standard of eight years of schooling and four years of formal training (i.e. residency) for exam qualification... Read More

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