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7 Variables Predict ICU Readmission: New Tool

2016 20 Oct

A simple and easy to use nomogram can predict the likelihood of readmission to surgical intensive care using just 7 common variables already collected for critical care patients, according to research presented at the 2016 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. Luke A. Martin, MD, a general surgery research resident and the study’s... Read more

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Noninvasive Monitor Assesses Patients' Response to Painful Stimulation During Surgery

2016 16 May

A novel measure for assessing the body's response to surgery may allow for better anesthesia management in the O.R., less pain when regaining consciousness from anesthesia and better postoperative outcomes. According to a study published in the Online First edition of  Anesthesiology , the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists... Read more

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Kai Zacharowski Honoured by Patient Safety Foundation for PBMS

2016 16 Feb

Professor Kai Zacharowski , Director of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Therapy at Frankfurt University Hospital has been honoured with the 2015 Humanitarian Award from the Patient Safety Movement Foundation , for his outstanding contribution to reducing the number of preventable patient deaths. Zacharowski and his team developed... Read more

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Cochrane: Low Tidal Volumes Recommended During Surgery

2015 22 Dec

The current trend is to decrease tidal volumes for positive ventilation during surgery. But is this harmful or beneficial to patients? A recently published Cochrane Review that evaluated the benefit of intraoperative use of low tidal volume ventilation (< 10 mL/kg of predicted body weight) to decrease postoperative complications concludes by recommending... Read more

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New Tool Helps Predict Surgical Patients' Pulmonary Risk

2015 30 Jul

A new analytical tool developed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital can help identify surgical patients at risk for respiratory complications. Using data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP ® ), the Jefferson researchers devised a scoring system to identify risk factors for ventilator dependence... Read more

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Lab Tests and Ultrasound Improve Appendicitis Diagnosis

2015 22 Feb

According to researchers, combining data from two standard diagnostic tests commonly obtained in children evaluated for abdominal pain can help physicians to identify those patients who need surgery for appendicitis; those who may be admitted for observation; and those who may safely be discharged home. The findings are published online in the Journal... Read more

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New Therapies Have Not Reduced Anaesthesia Risks for PHT Patients

2015 24 Jan

While new treatments for pulmonary hypertension (PHT) have reduced mortality, children with PHT are still a high-risk group for serious complications and death related to anaesthesia and surgery, according to a study appearing in Anesthesia & Analgesia . Younger children and those with more severe disease are at higher risk, according to researchers,... Read more

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ASA Explains How Patients Can Make Surgery Safer

2015 14 Jan

According to studies conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), most people are unaware of the role the physician anaesthesiologist has in taking care of patients before, during and after surgery. While surgery and anaesthesia are safer than ever, most patients do not know about the steps they can take to make their experience safer... Read more

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Anaesthesia Impacts Perioperative Risk and Outcomes

2014 24 Nov

Anaesthesiologists play a vital role in perioperative care. In recent decades, the risks associated with anaesthetic care have been dramatically reduced. However, anaesthesia takes centre stage among acute healthcare services, and from a patient's perspective, anaesthesia-specific risks cannot be meaningfully isolated from perioperative and peri-interventional... Read more

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Largest US Kidney Chain Resumes Transplants

2014 07 Jul

The largest ongoing single-site kidney transplant chain in the US will continue with six transplant surgeries scheduled for the week of 7 July. Since early December 2013, 21 living donors and 21 recipients have participated in the paired organ exchange at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital. The chain was paused on 23 May.... Read more