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San Francisco—Has the time come for intraoperative methadone to be considered a legitimate postoperative analgesic? A study of the often beleaguered agent’s safety and efficacy indicates the answer may well be yes.
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San Diego—A new monitoring tool helps predict those patients on a general care floor who are at high risk for developing opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD).
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Two antipsychotic medications that are often used to treat delirium in the ICU, namely haloperidol and ziprasidone, do not significantly alter the duration of the disturbance, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine (2018;379:2506-2516).
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Boston—Patients suffering from cancer pain refractory to systemic opioids may find relief in an unlikely source, according to a pilot study by Swedish researchers: intrathecal bupivacaine.
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San Diego—The first randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of ketamine in patients with rib fractures has shown that low-dose ketamine infusions are a safe adjunct in the setting of treatment of acute traumatic pain, with no significant differences in side effects noted between the two cohorts.
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The annual “Jeopardy” contest at the New York Academy of Medicine, in New York City, was held on May 13, 2019. This year’s event attracted contestants from nine departments of anesthesiology—a record—representing hospitals in New York and New Jersey.
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New York—Preoperative anxiety, measured using the modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale (mYPAS), can predict rates of emergence delirium, according to a new study.
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San Francisco—Global scores from a 360-degree evaluation tool revealed higher overall scores for female fellows than male fellows, and both male and female evaluators also scored the women more positively in several competency domains.
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New York—A new study examining a potential effect of patient positioning on epidural pressure during labor is raising the question of whether higher epidural pressure is a clinical concern in this context.
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Management of the difficult airway remains one of the most relevant and challenging clinical situations encountered by anesthesia practitioners, as major adverse consequences can occur if the airway is not secured in a timely fashion.
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