Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Anesthesiology for May 2012. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Lack of Sleep Not Necessarily Detrimental to Surgical Skills
WEDNESDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep-deprived medical students are able to perform and learn surgical skills, although they have an increased total subjective mental workload, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Surgery.
Hospitals Lack Hand Surgeons for Emergencies
MONDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) -- There is a shortage of hand specialists to provide emergency coverage in the state of Tennessee, according to research published in the May issue of the Annals of Plastic Surgery.
CMS Policy Helping Hospitals to Prevent Targeted Infections
FRIDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals seem to be paying greater attention to preventing targeted health care-associated infections (HAIs) as a result of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) nonpayment policy, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Training Helps OR Nurses Manage Disruptive Physician Behavior
FRIDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) -- Communication skills training may help nurses manage disruptive physician behavior, according to a study published in the May issue of the AORN Journal.
Perioperative Interruptions Lead to Miscommunication
THURSDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- The number of miscommunications that occur during surgery is inversely associated with the length of time a team has worked together, and positively associated with the number of interruptions during surgery, according to a study published in the May issue of the AORN Journal.
No Adverse Effect of Weekend, Nighttime Liver Transplants
WEDNESDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Performing liver transplantation procedures at night or on weekends does not appear to affect patient or liver graft survival, according to research published in the May issue of Liver Transplantation.
Methodological Heterogeneity Seen in Clinical Trials
TUESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical studies registered with ClinicalTrials.gov from 2007 and 2010 are predominately small, single-center trials and contain significant heterogeneity in methodology, according to a study published in the May 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Index Identifies Clot Risk in Outpatient Surgery Patients
TUESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Using a weighted risk index, the highest-risk outpatient surgery patients have an almost 20-fold increase in risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) requiring therapy, according to a study published online April 13 in the Annals of Surgery.
Electronic Records Show Variation in Blood Usage
TUESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic information systems can be used to generate detailed information about blood component use by individual providers and surgical services, and they reveal significant variation in utilization, according to research published online April 23 in Anesthesiology.
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