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WED, OCT 26, 2016

Anesthesiology and the Perioperative Surgical Home

In early summer, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the UC Irvine Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care held their Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Summit at which the topics of population health, patient satisfaction, and the per person cost for quality care (collectively, the Triple Aim) held center stage.... Read More

MON, OCT 3, 2016

A difference of opinion: PTs weigh-in on peripheral nerve blocks

It seems some physical therapists (PTs) and some anesthesiologists hold different opinions about pain medicine, particularly its effect on PTs' ability to rehab patients following total knee and total hip replacement surgeries. The difference caught the attention of Steven Porter, MD, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic,... Read More

THU, SEP 1, 2016

​5 Surprising Anesthesia Facts

1 ) When invented in the 1840s, some people criticized anesthesia as a “needless luxury.” In the nineteenth century, clergymen objected greatly to the use of anesthetics to reduce pain during childbirth as they described it to be a frustration of the Almighty’s designs.  James Miller, a nineteenth-century Scottish surgeon who chronicled... Read More

THU, AUG 18, 2016

Cupping: The Key to Athlete’s Olympic Success or False Science?

                If you have been watching the 2016 Rio Olympics lately or have seen any news coverage on the Games, you may have noticed strange, dark circular marks that have been popping up on the shoulders of star athletes like Michael Phelps. They weren’t... Read More

THU, AUG 11, 2016

Oldest Known Footage of Anesthesia Use Discovered

Thinking about surgery in the 1800’s, especially through the lens of anesthesia, is frightening. Though the tools were crude and the anesthetics sparse and not fully understood, it was those early  efforts that lead to the amazing technology we posses today.  Recently, we were given a more vivid look into... Read More