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Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

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 or currently have a problem with alcohol or drug abuse, tell the anesthesiologist. He or she will need to consider possible drug interactions that could affect your safety during and after surgery. Halt herbal supplements. Discontinue using alternative medicines at least two weeks prior to surgery. Some herbal products can cause complications during and after surgery, such as dangerously high or low blood pressure. Disclose your family medical history. Tell your anesthesiologist about any ... Read more

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

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

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. physicians' charges found many doctors bill their private-paying patients two, three, even six times more than what Medicare pays for the same services, the study revealed. The highest markups – four or more times greater than the Medicare rate – were for certain specialty services, including anesthesiology, interventional radiology, emergency medicine and pathology. Anesthesiologists had the highest markup, charging six times what Medicare considers a reasonable amount, the researchers ... Read more

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How to Ease the Pain of Infant Vaccinations

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – Infant vaccinations are no fun. But anesthetic cream can take away some of the sting, new research suggests. After testing several techniques, researchers determined the best recipe for minimizing babies' discomfort includes lidocaine cream at the site of the injection, a little sugar by mouth and parental soothing. "Vaccinations cause acute distress for both infants and their parents, contributing to vaccination avoidance. However, there are gaps in knowledge about what is the best way to alleviate pain during vaccination," said study co-author Dr. Anna Taddio. She is a pharmacist and senior associate scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The study included 352 healthy infants who received scheduled vaccinations during their first year. The babies were randomly assigned to one of four groups. In one group, parents received video instruction on ... Read more

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Anesthesia Safe for Infants, Toddlers, Study Says

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 – General anesthesia doesn't seem to harm young children's mental development, new research concludes. "A number of animal studies have suggested that exposure to commonly used anesthetic agents in early development could lead to deficits in learning, memory, attention and other cognitive functions," said study author Dr. Lena Sun. She is a professor of pediatric anesthesiology and pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "However, few clinical studies have adequately addressed whether this is also true in humans," Sun said in a Columbia news release. The new study findings are "good news for parents whose children need anesthesia for elective surgery or a diagnostic procedure," she added. Still, the study leaves some important questions unanswered, Sun said. "We need to take a closer look at the effect of anesthesia on cognitive function ... Read more

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Local Anesthesia May Be Best for Infants During Surgery

Posted 14 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 – New research suggests infants may recover better after some kinds of surgery if they receive local anesthesia – which only numbs part of the body – instead of being "knocked out" completely with general anesthesia. Young patients who had local anesthesia were less likely to suffer from disrupted breathing following hernia surgery, the study found. "Our research provides the strongest evidence to date on how babies should have anesthesia for hernia repair, the most common procedure among infants," said lead author Dr. Andrew Davidson, an associate professor at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. "We found that spinal [local] anesthesia is safer than general anesthesia," Davidson explained in a news release from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. There's long been uncertainty about the use of general anesthesia in infants and toddlers. ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Lidocaine HCI Injection, USP 10 MG Per ML, 30 ML Single-Dose, Preservative-Free, by Hospira: Recall - Particulate Matter

Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Hospira announced it will initiate a voluntary recall of one lot of 1% Lidocaine HCI for Injection, USP, 10 mg per mL, 30 mL Single-dose, Preservative-Free to the user level due to a confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. Hospira has identified the particulate as a human hair, embedded in and attached to a pinched area of the stopper. To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for this lot. In the unlikely event that the particulate breaks and pieces are able to pass through the intravenous catheter, injected particulate material may result in local inflammation, phlebitis, and/or low-level allergic response to the particulate or microembolic effects. BACKGROUND: This lot (NDC 0409-4279-02; Lot 40-316-DK, Expiry 1APRIL2016) was distributed nationwide from May 2014 through June 2014. Hospira has initiated an ... Read more

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Risks From Epidural, Spinal Anesthesia Very Low, Study Says

Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 14 2014 – The risks of using epidural and spinal anesthesia during childbirth are extremely low, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 80,000 women who received epidural or spinal anesthesia during childbirth and found that the overall rate of complications was just under 3 percent. The most common complications involved medications, including receiving too much or too little anesthesia, or being given unintended or expired medications. The fear of "spinal headache" is common among women about to receive epidural or spinal anesthesia, but this complication – formally known as a post-dural puncture headache – occurred in only 0.2 percent of patients, according to the study. The findings are scheduled for presentation Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in New Orleans. "The rates of complications are ... Read more

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Anesthetic During Breast-Removal Surgery May Reduce Long-Term Pain

Posted 13 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 – Giving a common local anesthetic to women undergoing breast removal surgery – a mastectomy – reduces their risk of persistent pain after the procedure, a new study says. More than two-thirds of mastectomy patients experience chronic pain after surgery, which can significantly affect physical activity, physical and mental health, and quality of life. The pain also increases the risk of depression, sleep problems and use of anti-anxiety drugs, according to the authors of the study. "Unfortunately, chronic pain is a condition that many breast cancer patients endure after mastectomy," said lead author Dr. Mohamed Tiouririne, associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Virginia. "Our findings indicate that intravenous (IV) lidocaine can protect mastectomy patients from developing chronic pain, possibly due to the anti-inflammatory effects associated ... Read more

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Lidocaine Injection May Help Treat Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Posted 6 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 – The pain of fibromyalgia might be eased with injections of the painkiller lidocaine, a new study suggests. People with fibromyalgia complain of chronic pain throughout their body as well as an increased sensitivity to pain. Doctors often have trouble treating this pain because it's unclear what causes it, the study authors noted. In the new study, injecting lidocaine into peripheral tissues – such as the muscles in the shoulders or buttocks – effectively reduced pain sensitivity, the researchers found. "We hypothesized that if pain comes from the peripheral tissues, and we can take this pain away by injecting local anesthetics, then this would be indirect proof of the importance of peripheral tissues for the clinical pain of these individuals," study lead author Dr. Roland Staud, a professor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, said in ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Lidocaine HCl Injection, USP, 2 percent, by Hospira: Recall - Visible Particulates

Posted 30 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Hospira, Inc. is recalling one lot of Lidocaine HCl Injection, USP, 2%, 20 mg per mL, 5 mL single-Dose Vial, Preservative-Free (NDC 0409-2066-05; Lot 25-550-DD, Expiry 1JAN2015) to the user level due to a confirmed customer report of discolored product with visible particles in the solution as well as particulate embedded in the molded glass container. Hospira has identified the particulate as iron oxide. Risk factors associated with the particulate include the potential for particulate to be injected and/or a delay in therapy. If the particulate goes undetected and solution is administered - depending on the particle size and number - it could block administration of the drug to the patient, causing a delay in therapy. Particulates may be able to pass through the catheter and may result in local inflammation, mechanical disruption of tissue or immune response to the particulate. ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Lidocaine HCl Injection 2%, 5 ml Vial by Hospira: Recall - Presence of Particulate Matter

Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Hospira initiated a voluntary nationwide recall to the user level for one lot of Lidocaine HCl Injection, USP, 2%, 5 mL Single-Dose Vial (NDC 0409-2066-05), Lot 32-135-DD, expiration date 1AUG2015. The recall is due to a reddish orange particulate on the inner surface and floating in the solution. If particulate goes undetected and solution is administered, the particle may potentially block the infusion of the solution to the patient, resulting in a delay in therapy. If smaller pieces of the particulate break off and become free floating within the solution, they may pass through the catheter into the patient, resulting in local inflammation or mechanical disruption of tissue. Chronically, following sequestration, local granuloma formulation is possible. In consideration of the reddish orange color of the particulate, if there is iron within the particle that is infused, it may ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Hospira brand Lidocaine and Marcaine: Recall - Presence Of Particulate

Posted 23 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

UPDATED 10/21/2013 with related product recall information Hospira announced a voluntary nationwide recall to the user level for one lot of 0.25% Marcaine (Bupivacaine HCl Injection, USP), 75 mg/30 mL, Single-dose Vial – Preservative Free (NDC 0409-1559-30), Lot 25-220-DD. The recall is due to a confirmed customer report of discolored solution with visible particles inside the glass vial as well as embedded in the glass. See firm's press release below for further information. [Posted 10/04/2013] AUDIENCE: Health Professional, Risk Manager ISSUE: Hospira, Inc. announced it has initiated a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of 1% Lidocaine HCI Injection, USP, 10 mg/mL, 20 mL Multiple-dose Fliptop Vial, NDC 0409-4276-01 Lot 25-090-DK (the lot number may be followed by 01 or 02). This action is due to one confirmed customer report of visible particulate, identified in the primary con ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: 1% Lidocaine HCl Injection By Hospira: Recall - Presence Of Dark Particulate

Posted 7 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Hospira, Inc. announced it has initiated a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of 1% Lidocaine HCI Injection, USP, 10 mg/mL, 20 mL Multiple-dose Fliptop Vial, NDC 0409-4276-01 Lot 25-090-DK (the lot number may be followed by 01 or 02). This action is due to one confirmed customer report of visible particulate, identified in the primary container, in the form of dark red/black particles. The particulate was identified as oxidized stainless steel. Depending on the particle size, if undetected, it could block administration of the drug to the patient, causing a delay in therapy. Impact to the patient would depend on the time it would take to obtain a new vial, the condition being treated and the patient’s status. BACKGROUND: The recall is being conducted as a precautionary measure. The root cause has not been determined and is under investigation. Hospira informed customers of th ... Read more

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Combo Treatment Might Beat Epidural to Ease Labor: Study

Posted 5 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 5 – In the first stage of labor, a combined spinal-epidural technique provides faster and better pain relief compared to traditional epidural pain relief, a new study suggests. The research included 800 healthy women who required pain relief during childbirth, and who were divided into two groups. One group received standard epidural pain relief, which involves injections of local anesthetic and pain medications into the epidural space, inside the membranes covering the spinal cord. The other group received the combination approach, which starts with medications injected into the intrathecal space, the deeper space directly around the spinal cord, before using an epidural injection. After the initial epidural or intrathecal injections, both groups received patient-controlled epidural analgesia. The effectiveness of pain relief, rated on a 0-to-10 scale, was compared at ... Read more

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Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period. "The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better," Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed information on over 544,000 children who landed in the emergency department due to medication poisoning ... Read more

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