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How Hospitals Can Go Green

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – Hospital operating rooms produce thousands of tons of greenhouse gases each year, but changing the type of anesthesia used in surgery can help lower those emissions, researchers report. For the study, investigators assessed the carbon footprint of operating rooms at three hospitals: Vancouver General Hospital in Canada; University of Minnesota Medical Center in the United ...

Lying Down After an Epidural: A Smart Idea?

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – Lying down after an epidural increases a first-time mother's chances of having a normal birth, a new study suggests. With an epidural, a tube is inserted into a space below the spinal cord, and small doses of painkillers can be given during childbirth. More than 50 percent of U.S. women in labor have an epidural for pain relief, according to the American Pregnancy ...

Study Debunks Notion That Epidurals Prolong Labor

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – Epidurals are a popular form of pain control for women during labor, but they've long been blamed for hindering progress in the delivery room. However, new research challenges this widely held belief, suggesting that epidurals have no effect on how long labor lasts – or when babies are born. "We found that exchanging the epidural anesthetic with a [non-drug] saline ...

Does General Anesthesia Affect Babies' Brains?

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Babies who receive general anesthesia for surgery before they're 1 year old may have less white matter in their brains, a small study suggests. The researchers said they also found that the integrity, or structure, of the white matter might have been affected. White matter is tissue that connects different parts of the brain. "The most rigorous previous study in humans ...

A Shot of Caffeine May Speed Wake-Up After Anesthesia

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – Caffeine may help patients wake up more quickly after general anesthesia, an animal study suggests. Adult rats were given a 3 percent concentration of a general anesthetic for one hour to simulate effects of a brief surgical procedure. During the last 10 minutes of anesthetic exposure, they received an injection of either caffeine or a salt solution (the control group). ...

What Men Need to Know About ED Drugs and Anesthesia

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – Men who take erectile dysfunction drugs need to alert the anesthetist before having surgery or other medical procedures, hospital experts say. Erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis contain nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and relaxes muscles. If they are combined with anesthesia and other medication used during surgery, a patient's blood pressure may ...

A Movie Instead of Anesthesia for Kids' Radiation Therapy

Posted 9 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – For children with cancer, watching movies during radiation therapy might eliminate their need for general anesthesia, a new study suggests. Kid-friendly movies such as "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Cars" helped reduce the risks, trauma and costs of treatment for kids evaluated in the small European study. Cancer is rare in children, but those who develop tumors in their ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: General Anesthetic and Sedation Drugs: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Approves Label Changes for Use in Young Children

Posted 30 Apr 2017 by

ISSUE: FDA has approved previously announced label changes regarding the use of general anesthetic and sedation medicines in children younger than 3 years. These changes include: A new Warning stating that exposure to these medicines for lengthy periods of time or over multiple surgeries or procedures may negatively affect brain development in children younger than 3 years. Addition of ...

Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – If you have surgery on your calendar, don't wait until the last minute to start preparing, especially if you're going to need anesthesia. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists says you're more likely to avoid complications if you follow these five tips: Stop taking unnecessary medications. Only use necessary, approved prescriptions ahead of time. If you have had ...

Steep Bills Surprise Patients Who Go 'Out-of-Network'

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Patients using specialists outside their health-plan network often receive surprise bills for services that cost far more than what Medicare considers a fair rate, a new study suggests. Most insurers use rates set by Medicare – the publicly funded insurance program for the elderly – as the benchmark for what they'll pay health care providers. But a look at 400,000 U.S. ...

'Don't Cut Yet, Doc, I Can Hear You'

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – Far fewer surgical patients become conscious while under general anesthesia than previously believed, researchers report. Of 260 patients examined on the operating table, less than 5 percent showed consciousness in response to stimuli, an international team of researchers found. The patients were tested before the start of surgery. None of them remembered being awake ...

FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – Repeated or lengthy use – longer than three hours – of general anesthetic and sedation drugs may harm the developing brains of fetuses and children younger than 3 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. After reviewing the latest published studies, the agency announced that these warnings need to be added to the labels of these drugs. The ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: General Anesthetic and Sedation Drugs: Drug Safety Communication - New Warnings for Young Children and Pregnant Women

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by

ISSUE: FDA is warning that repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant women during their third trimester may affect the development of children’s brains. Consistent with animal studies, recent human studies suggest that a single, relatively short exposure to general anesthetic and sedation drugs i ...

Anesthesia Before Age 4 May Have Slight Impact on Later School Performance

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 – A new Swedish study suggests that children exposed to surgical anesthesia before the age of 4 may have slightly lower school grades and IQ scores in their late teen years. But the study didn't prove that exposure to anesthesia was responsible. Dr. Pia Glatz, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues examined the medical records of 2 million children born ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: 0.25 Percent Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection, USP by Hospira: Recall - Particulate Matter

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by

ISSUE: Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling one lot of 0.25% Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection, USP (NDC: 0409-1159-02, Lot 59-064- DK, Expiry 1NOV2017) at the hospital/retail level due to the presence of particulate matter within a single vial. In the event that the particulate is administered to a patient, it may result in local swelling, irritation of blood vessels or ...

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