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May 6, 2024

Comparing Spinal vs. Epidural Anesthesia

Neuraxial anesthesia refers to the administration of local anesthesia around the central nervous system, specifically the spinal cord. Types of ...
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January 8, 2024

CME for Anesthesiologists

Every five years, anesthesiologists need to earn 125 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, and every 10 years, they need to ...
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December 4, 2023

Applications of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is a developing field that utilizes the precision of machines to assist surgeons. Several studies demonstrate that robotic ...
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November 8, 2023

Hospital Competition in the US

The healthcare landscape in the United States is extremely complex, marked by exchanges and relationships between providers, insurance companies, patients, ...
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September 27, 2023

Portable Ultrasound for OR Use 

Ultrasound technology harnesses high-frequency sound waves beyond the hearing abilities of humans. Ultrasonography operates with probes which generate sound waves ...
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August 30, 2023

Medications that Slow Gastric Emptying 

Medications that Slow Gastric Emptying Gastric emptying is a complex physiological process that involves the coordinated movement of ingested food ...
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July 3, 2023

Subscription-Based Healthcare 

In recent years, subscription-based healthcare has emerged as a revolutionary alternative to the traditional healthcare system. This model, often labeled ...
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June 19, 2023

Effect of Stress on Surgery Outcomes 

Undergoing surgery places physiological stress on the body, but stress can also have an impact on surgery outcomes. Though there ...
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April 28, 2023

Anesthesia Considerations for Patients Taking Blood Thinners 

Perioperative and regional anesthesia management for patients on anticoagulation can pose a major problem. Typically, anticoagulants, i.e. blood thinners, are ...
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April 3, 2023

Safety of Non-Operating Room Anesthesia 

Non-operating room anesthesia, also known as NORA, refers to the use of anesthesia in settings outside of a traditional operating ...
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March 6, 2023

The Importance of Sleep Before Surgery 

Getting a good night’s rest before undergoing surgery can help reduce the levels of postoperative pain that you experience and ...
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January 12, 2023

Uses of Cameras in Surgery 

Minimally invasive surgery using a camera has arguably been the most important surgical advancement in the last three decades.4  It ...
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December 15, 2022

Post-Anesthesia Induction Hypotension 

Hypotension, also known as low blood pressure, can occur during or after anesthesia and must be watched closely by anesthesia ...
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November 15, 2022

Health Misinformation on Social Media

Access to accurate, up-to-date health information has been critical to keeping individuals and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As ...
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September 5, 2022

Long Covid in Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Populations 

For most people, mild or moderate COVID-19 lasts for about two weeks. In others, however, health problems linger even after ...
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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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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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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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