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FRI, OCT 21, 2011

Study Reveals Differences in Quality Standards Among US Hospitals

Next time you contemplate which hospital to visit for a procedure, the number one factor to consider may not be insurance coverage or cost, but the facility’s performance on quality standards. And it’s with good reason. According to an independent report released today, the difference in quality between a 5-star rated... Read More

THU, OCT 20, 2011

AQI develops system to improve patient safety

In an effort to effectively report and improve patient care, the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) has implemented the first nationwide methodology designed to track and secure information pertaining to unforeseen events caused by anesthesia, pain management, and perioperative care. The Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (AIRS) will provide an outlet for providers... Read More

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