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MON, OCT 17, 2011

Propofol Myth Debunked

If you were to walk down the streets of Times Square and randomly ask passersby, “What is Propofol?” chances are that an answer may be something like, “Oh! That’s the drug that killed Michael Jackson.” While this is not entirely the case, the sedative drug gained much public attention after... Read More

THU, OCT 13, 2011

Study Finds No Link Between Anesthesia and Cancer Risk

Previous studies raised fears of a link between the duration and depth of anesthesia during surgery and an increased cancer risk. That is not the case, according to a study published in the October 2011 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, the journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society. The Study Researchers conducting the study... Read More

FRI, OCT 7, 2011

Survey Reveals Basic Anesthetic Monitoring in Question

In October 2010, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) issued Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring. Over one-third of healthcare providers believe there is a lack of complete compliance with the standards. That's according to a survey conducted by the Physician Alliance for Health and Safety. ASA Standards The ASA standards became effective July... Read More

THU, OCT 6, 2011

Ritalin May Reverse Anesthesia Effects

In a study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, researchers discovered that use of methylphenidate (Ritalin), can help surgical patients awaken faster from general anesthesia.  Published in the October edition of the journal Anesthesiology, the results reveal that when rats were given Ritalin, they recovered from anesthesia much more quickly relative to... Read More

WED, OCT 5, 2011

New Somnia White Paper Shows Importance of Anesthesia in VBP Programs

Healthcare reform continues to evolve and, as a new Somnia Anesthesia white paper outlines, the need for hospitals to be prepared for the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program is of vital importance.  The white paper, “How Anesthesia Can Help Hospitals with Value-Based Purchasing,” focuses on the critical role of hospital anesthesia departments... Read More