CSA News

What Do Fact-Checkers and Anesthesiologists Have in Common?

"We're not out for recognition," says Dr. William Feaster, an anesthesiologist at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. "What's most important is that you feel you've done a really good job and that the patient has a good outcome. Our recognition is more internal and within the medical community." But the reward is also with the power of their position in the operating room. "We basically run the OR," Dr. Feaster notes, "and it's efficient or not based on how the anesthesiologist is working."

A New Study Says Botox May Help Migraines in Kids

On Monday, researchers from the University of California, Irvine, presented findings from a small study of nine young people from ages 8 to 17 with chronic migraines. Many of them had been hospitalized for migraine pain, and half were homeschooled because of the debilitating effect of their migraines on their daily life. In the study, presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 annual meeting, the researchers showed that kids and teens receiving Botox injections every 12 weeks over a five-year period had improvements in their frequency, duration and intensity of migraines. The researchers studied the kids’ medical records, and whether they improved over time.

Intra-op Esmolol Reduces Post-op Pain And Opioid Consumption

Intraoperative infusions of esmolol reduced intraoperative opioid use, PACU opioid use and PACU pain scores, and may be effective as part of a multimodal analgesic regimen in certain patient populations.

CVS Health Introduces Safe Medication Disposal Inside CVS Pharmacy, Marking National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

CVS Health officially introduced the expansion of the company's safe medication disposal program to include locations inside CVS Pharmacy stores, marking the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28.

Different Solutions for the Physician Shortage

Physician extenders "can help one physician care for more than one patient at a time," says Karen Sibert, MD, President of the California Society of Anesthesiologists and a professor at UCLA. In her field, physician anesthesiologists rely on the support of advanced practice practitioners and assistants — either certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) or certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAA). "They are exactly analogous to what PAs are for a primary doctor or surgeon," she explains. They are trained in a medical, not nursing, model, and work directly under the supervision of physician anesthesiologists. The CAAs, she says, "provide an opportunity for the physician anesthesiologist to focus on emergencies and saving lives, and not some of the lower level tasks such as initial screening and paperwork."