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One potential side effect of neuraxial anesthesia and some spinal procedures is post dural puncture headache.
August 1, 2022

Post Dural Puncture Headache 

Neuraxial anesthesia refers to the administration of local anesthetic in or around the central nervous system (CNS), which blocks sensation ...
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Responding to data breaches in a timely, effective, and appropriate manner is of utmost importance.
July 4, 2022

Health System Responses to Data Breaches 

One of the fundamental beliefs within the American medical system is that patients have the right to privacy. This right ...
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June 7, 2022

R-Ketamine vs. S-Ketamine

(R,S)-ketamine is a N-methyl-ᴅ-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist and a commonly used anesthetic agent worldwide. In the late 1990s, studies and ...
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May 2, 2022

Silent Hypoxia in COVID-19 

Silent hypoxia is characterized by a significantly reduced oxygen saturation level with no associated breathing difficulties, at least in its ...
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April 4, 2022

Anesthesia Considerations for Balloon Sinuplasty

In 2005, the FDA approved balloon sinus ostial dilation–also known as balloon sinuplasty, or BSD–for use in treating both recurrent ...
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March 8, 2022

Anesthesiology vs. Pain Medicine

Historically, pain medicine was a subset of the general field of anesthesiology [1]. With the advent of nerve procedures, however, ...
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February 7, 2022

Anesthesia Considerations for Thyroid Surgery 

The thyroid is a gland located in the anterior region of the neck and is a critical part of the ...
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January 4, 2022

Antibodies After COVID-19 Infection

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is still a global problem. Research on protection due to antibodies after ...
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December 6, 2021

Controversy Over “No Surprises Act” Implementation

Last December, Congress passed the “No Surprises Act” to shield patients from unexpected bills incurred when they receive medical treatment from ...
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November 1, 2021

IV Ibuprofen for Analgesia

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Although most familiar in its oral form, ibuprofen can also be administered as ...
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October 4, 2021

VR for Pediatric Medical Procedures

Originally developed for the entertainment industry as the next generation of video gaming systems, “virtual reality” (VR) presents exciting applications ...
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September 6, 2021

Vaccine Response in Immunosuppressed Patients

Vaccines are essential tools in reducing the transmission and symptoms of many diseases. However, not all populations respond identically to ...
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August 2, 2021

Light Sedation for Mechanical Ventilation

In order to reduce pain, decrease anxiety, and avoid complications, sedating mechanically ventilated patients is common practice. While mechanical ventilators ...
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July 5, 2021

Ketamine for Chronic Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the third-highest cause of disability worldwide, but researchers have yet to identify a pharmacological therapy ...
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June 7, 2021

The Impact of the Perioperative Surgical Home on Patient Experience

Traditionally, anesthesia care for surgical patients has lacked in continuity, with negative impacts on patient safety and well-being. On top ...
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May 3, 2021

Current Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which affects 17% of women and 34% of men in the United States, is characterized by ...
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April 5, 2021

Lidocaine: Overview and Uses

Lidocaine is an intermediate-acting local anesthetic commonly used in surgical, obstetrical, and diagnostic procedure.1 This tertiary amine was first synthesized ...
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March 8, 2021

Demographic Trends in Telehealth Access during COVID-19

Over the course of the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the healthcare landscape. The virus’ ability to ...
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February 8, 2021

High-Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation: Indications and Risks

High-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) is a lung-protective method of mechanical ventilation that utilizes nonconventional gas exchange mechanisms to provide lung ventilation ...
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January 11, 2021

Understanding Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is the process of traveling to a different country for medical care. Tens of thousands of U.S. residents ...
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December 14, 2020

Diagnosing Iron Deficiency Anemia Preoperatively

Preoperative anemia is associated with an increased chance of perioperative morbidity and mortality [1]. This is true across a variety ...
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November 16, 2020

Uses and Risks of Sedative Medications to Manage Sleep Disorders

Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder in America, with 6-10% of Americans meeting the criteria for an insomnia disorder ...
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October 12, 2020

Vaccine Deployment during a Pandemic

Several vaccines for Covid-19 are currently in development and will likely be approved in the coming months. However, after a ...
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September 14, 2020

Potential for the Development of a Non-Hepatotoxic Acetaminophen Alternative

Scientists have recently identified a chemical analog of acetaminophen (ApAP) that appears to have decreased liver and kidney toxicity. The peer-reviewed publication, “A novel pipeline of ...
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August 17, 2020

Perioperative Concerns Regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious syndrome caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The virus has spread quickly since it was first discovered ...
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July 20, 2020

The Evolution of Robotic Anesthesia

The onset of the technological revolution has changed the way healthcare is practiced. Robotic surgery became popular as healthcare professionals ...
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June 17, 2020

Effects of Anesthesia Exposure on the Developing Brain

General anesthesia is typically used during surgeries to put patients in an unconscious state, meaning that it interrupts their cognitive ...
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May 14, 2020

The Differences between Private and Government Insurance Plans

Insurance in the United States can be divided into two funding categories: private and government. Government insurance is paid for or subsidized ...
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May 11, 2020

The Smart Infusion Pump

One of the anesthesia provider’s main roles is to administer anesthetic and analgesic drugs before, during and after a procedure.1 This delivery can occur via a variety of ...
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