Is the Healthcare Delivery System Prepared for the Next Terror Attack?
Anesthesiology News presents The Etherist
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2M ago
There has been a marked increase in mass casualty events in our society. Targets have included schools, malls, houses of worship, and yes, hospitals. Our staffing crisis unfortunately has negatively affected even our most robust trauma system and emergency rooms; there has also been the closure of many hospitals in rural areas, which has created healthcare deserts. The inability of many towns and small cities to care for “terror event” patients’ issues, of course, will affect how we deliver trauma care.   As such, it’s critical that anesthesia providers in small hospitals and ambulatory s ..read more
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Mythbusters: Tips for Young Anesthesiologists
Anesthesiology News presents The Etherist
by Anesthesiology News
4M ago
Whitney Fallahian, MD, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, shares her thoughts on several important topics for fledgling anesthesiologists, such as fellowship options, work-life balance and salary expectations ..read more
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The Value of Podcasting for Anesthesiologists
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by Anesthesiology News
9M ago
At the 2023 spring meeting of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Rajnish Gupta, MD, a professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tenn., discusses how podcasting can be a way for anesthesiologists to highlight their academic work and communicate with other like-minded professionals in the specialty.   “The beauty of podcasting is that it allows the speaker to talk on a specific topic to a narrow audience. That way you can expand on a topic that may not be appropriate for a large population of people, but in that small nich ..read more
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The Pivotal Role of Anesthesiologists in Improving Maternal Care
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1y ago
Barbara Orlando, MD, PhD, an associate professor of anesthesiology and the division chief of obstetric anesthesiology at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center, in Houston, discusses several ways to reduce morbidity and mortality in pregnant patients. She also addresses high-risk pregnant patients with various comorbidities, such as obesity and those with a lack of prenatal care. “This podcast is about my personal journey as an anesthesiologist in gaining understanding and being more involved with societies and committees in charge of maternal mortality and mo ..read more
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The Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Stroke
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by Anesthesiology News
1y ago
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects 20% of U.S. adults, of whom about 90% are undiagnosed. The major risk factors for OSA include obesity, male sex and a family history of OSA. There is a large body of literature showing that OSA is an independent risk factor for hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.  This case illustrates how a patient presented for elective admission for surgery and suffered a stroke.   A 55-year-old man with obesity presented for elective surgery for a chronic nonhealing ankle fracture. The patient reported a long history of loud snoring and t ..read more
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New Textbook Addresses Perioperative Cancer Care
Anesthesiology News presents The Etherist
by Anesthesiology News
1y ago
Cancer is a major global public health concern that affects all citizens and communities around the world. Globally, the incidence of cancer is predicted to increase by 50% by the year 2030; and during the same period, cancer-related mortality is projected to increase by 60% to 13.1 million deaths worldwide. This increasing trend in cancer-related mortality exists despite a slow but steady decline in cancer-related death rates since the early 1990s in the United States and the Western world. Citizens 65 years of age or older have a cancer incidence rate that is 10 times higher than among young ..read more
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From Rock to Doc: The Neil Ratner Story
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1y ago
Neil Ratner, MD, has played remarkably divergent roles in his life, initially as a rock-and-roll drummer and staging entrepreneur, working with the likes of Edgar Winter and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. But he always had an interest in medicine, so eventually he ditched his successful rock career and went to medical school, later becoming an anesthesiologist who embraced the then-novel concept of delivering non-OR anesthesia, which he helped pioneer.   It was through his work as an anesthesiologist for a plastic surgeon that he ended up meeting Michael Jackson, of all people, who immediate ..read more
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Early Recovery Program Reduces Opioid Use by 80% After Cesarean Delivery
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1y ago
Over the past two years, Saddleback Hospital, in Laguna Hills, Calif., has implemented a robust ERAC (early recovery after cesarean) protocol that includes a transversus abdominis plane block with liposomal bupivacaine for post-op cesarean delivery pain. Results have shown that the protocol has reduced the use of narcotics for the post-op period by 80%, and has improved the overall satisfaction with the post-op period considerably by reducing nausea and vomiting, itching, and constipation. In addition, hospital length of stay has been reduced by one day.   According to Steve Garber, MD, a ..read more
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The Etherist Podcast, Season 4: Burnout Prevention Tips and Key Takeaways
Anesthesiology News presents The Etherist
by Anesthesiology News
1y ago
In the previous chapters of “Anesthesiology News Presents The Etherist,” we defined just what physician well-being is, when it came to light and why the concept needs to be addressed at institutional and systemwide levels. We also explored managing the cognitive workload during residency, the stress of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unexpected toll that burnout can leave behind.   And now, for the final episode of the series, various experts share their thoughts on how to best recognize and manage burnout, as well as how to strive for an optimal work‒life balance. These are ..read more
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The Etherist Podcast, Season 4: Defining Burnout and Physician Well-Being
Anesthesiology News presents The Etherist
by Anesthesiology News
1y ago
The season premiere of Anesthesiology News presents The Etherist featured Dr. Amy Vinson, the chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Physician Well-Being. Among many other things, she explained why physician well-being needs to be addressed at an institutional and systemwide level. In this episode, we delve deeper into working during the COVID-19 pandemic, the unexpected toll burnout can leave behind and why being mindful of it is paramount. Join us as we talk with several anesthesiologists who’ve taken a hard look at the problem.   Additionally, stay tuned for ep ..read more
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