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FRI, JUN 17, 2011

PreAnesthesia Visit Calms Patients and Improves Satisfaction

Studies have shown that patients who meet their anesthesiologist preoperatively are less anxious and require less preoperative sedation. One study suggests the visit has an added benefit - improved patient satisfaction The BATHE Interview Method Reported in Anesthesiology News, the BATHE interview method focuses on Background, Affect, Trouble, Handling and Empathy. It is not a... Read More

FRI, JUN 3, 2011

The Patient Experience: How to Evaluate It?

What makes a patient experience a good experience? That's the question hospital executives face when attempting to define the issue. In a recent study of more than 790 hospitals, conducted by The Beryl Institute, patient experience was a high priority, ranked second behind quality/patient safety. While recognizing its importance, most hospital... Read More

FRI, MAY 27, 2011

Calculating Anesthesia Age of Consent

Recently, the "age of consent" issue has taken center stage in the news. Stories like the Today Show's Should Kids Have Plastic Surgery to Avoid Bullying raise the question of what is the appropriate age for making treatment decisions. Anesthesiology News published an article, Fourteen - A Magic Number for Clinical... Read More

THU, MAY 19, 2011

Final Rule for Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program Issued

A new partnership of public and private entities, Partnership for Patients, has a mission to improve the quality of health care and lower the cost. That mission became the rallying cry of healthcare reform with the signing of the Affordable Care Act. An initiative from the Act, the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program, changes the... Read More

WED, MAY 4, 2011

May Blooms in Health Care Events

The month of May includes two annual celebrations recognizing the many contributions of healthcare professionals. Somnia Anesthesia wishes to thank and recognize all health care professionals, including the 250+ physicians and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) working in our affiliated facilities, for their continued commitment and dedication to excellent patient... Read More