CSA News

California Ambulatory Surgery Association debuts opioid use toolkit

The toolkit was developed with help from the California Society of Anesthesiologists and includes information for both patients and physicians on pain management, including posters, brochures and videos outlining safe opioid use and prescribing. Information for the materials was derived from policies and research from the American Medical Association, the CDC and HHS.

The Opioid Crisis Is Not About Opioids

Ultimately the “opioid crisis” is not about opioids, it is about addiction and mental health and societal despair. In fact, the majority of drug overdose deaths are due to multiple substances, including alcohol and benzodiazepines, not just opioids. The real crisis we are facing in this country is a substance abuse problem, not an opioid abuse problem.

The power of advocacy: How doctors can be empowered physicians

Advocacy, I have learned, is empowering in itself. It can also expand your community and network so you always know an expert when questions come up. Through grassroots advocacy efforts and service on state medical associations, I collaborate with some of the most dedicated, caring, and bright physicians I know.

Dental board investigates a Bay Area 4-year-old’s death after dentist’s visit

The Dental Board of California is investigating the death of a young Oakland boy, Dũng Lý during a dental procedure last month.

We Are Anesthesiologists: What You Need to Know

Whether you are 1 day old or celebrating your 90th birthday, you are our patient. Which means we have to know a lot about diseases. We have to know about how drugs work, as we have to make sure the therapies we give you do not interact with the medicines other physicians have prescribed to you. No disease exists that we do not have to know something about, because you all are in our care.