Anesthesia Management: 100 healthcare statistics to know

The term “healthcare” encompasses a wide variety of issues ranging from insurance coverage controversies and workforce compensation trends to prescription drug administration and health information technology.  This list of 100 healthcare statistics to know covering a wide variety of industry topics. Hospital & Physician Facts 1. There are 5,723 hospitals in the U.S., according to […]

Anesthesia Management: How reducing healthcare spending affects economic growth: 4 things to know

Real gross domestic product fell 2.9 percent at an annual rate during the first quarter of this year, according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis estimate released. One significant driver of that GDP increase was a 1.4 percent drop in real healthcare spending at an annual rate. Although the slowdown in healthcare spending growth can […]

Anesthesia Management: FDA clears syringe that prevents needlestick injuries

Exton, PA’s West Pharmaceutical Services just announced that the FDA has given it 510(k) clearance for the NovaGuard Staked-needle Automatic safety system, as the push to avoid needlestick injuries gathers momentum. The company says that the device shields the syringe’s exposed needle after it has been activated and contains a tamper-evident safety mechanism to prevent […]

Anesthesia Management: Nasal spray for migraines under development

Scientists from Nevada’s Roseman University of Health Sciences presented their work on a nasal spray formulation of the antipsychotic prochlorperazine for the treatment of migraines at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists annual meeting in San Diego. Venkata Yellepeddi–Courtesy of Roseman University of Health Sciences “Prochlorperazine is a dopamine receptor antagonist that is widely used […]

Anesthesia Management: Dexmedetomidine utilisation and outcomes of children with trisomy 21 undergoing congenital heart disease surgery

Published in Cardiol Young. 2014 Aug 27:1-5 Authors: Moffett BS et al Introduction: The diagnosis of trisomy 21 in children has been associated with failed extubation after CHD surgery. Dexmedetomidine may be a useful agent to improve postoperative outcomes in these patients, such as ventilator time, ICU length of stay, or hospital length of stay. […]

Anesthesia Management: Pediatric airway anatomy may not be what we thought: implications for clinical practice and the use of cuffed endotracheal tubes

Published in Paediatric Anaesthesia (Sep 2014) Authors: Tobias J One of the long held tenets of pediatric anesthesia has been the notion that the pediatric airway is conical shape with the narrowest area being the cricoid region. However, recent studies using radiologic imaging techniques (magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography) or direct bronchoscopic observation have […]

Anesthesia Management: Early ICD-10 Adoption Reveals Problems Less Widespread than Anticipated

Countdown to ICD-10 Good news on the coding front: With more than half its coders already using ICD-10 diagnosis codes on a daily basis we have found that the acute documentation and productivity problems many feared would overwhelm the ICD-10 transition have not materialized. We began shifting coders to the new code set in December […]

Anesthesia Management: Managing the Risk of Growing Patient Self-Pay

Of the many financial challenges facing physician groups today, cash shortfalls triggered by problems collecting from self-pay patients can be among the most trying and potentially destructive. The growth of high-deductible health plans, including health savings accounts (HSAs), is pushing primary payment responsibility toward individuals and away from insurance companies. That means that unless practices […]