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November 2017 Briefing - Anesthesiology

Last Updated: December 01, 2017.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Anesthesiology for November 2017. 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.

Patients Often Uncomfortable With Overlapping Surgeries

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- On average, patients are neutral toward or uncomfortable with concurrent or overlapping surgical procedures, according to a study published in the Nov. 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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Similar Efficacy for Intranasal, Intramuscular Naloxone

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For reversal of opioid overdose, higher-concentration intranasal naloxone has similar efficacy to that of intramuscular naloxone administered at the same dose, according to a review published online Nov. 27 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Essay Adds to Discourse on Impact of Suggestive Jokes

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seemingly benign, recurring patterns of joking around a single theme (joke cycles) can contribute to humorizing and legitimizing sexual misconduct, according to an essay published online Nov. 12 in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.

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New Workflows Have Potential to Address Provider Burnout

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New solutions are needed to address burnout among health care team members, yet, in a catch-22 situation for health industry leaders, change fatigue contributes to burnout, according to a Vocera Communications report entitled In Pursuit of Resilience, Well-Being, and Joy in Healthcare.

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Female Physicians' Spouses More Likely to Work

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spouses of female physicians are on average more educated and work more hours outside the home than spouses of male physicians, according to a research letter published online Nov. 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Child Behavior Associated With Clinician Sevoflurane Exposure

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Negative behavior among children undergoing elective ear, nose, and throat surgery is associated with higher mean and maximum sevoflurane concentrations in the anesthesiologist's breathing zone, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in Pediatric Anesthesia.

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Baby Boomers Have Increased Risk of Rx Opioid Overdose Death

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals born between 1947 and 1964 have a significantly increased risk of prescription opioid overdose death and heroin overdose death, and those born from 1979 to 1992 also have an increased risk of heroin overdose death, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Immediate Access to Opioid Agonists Found Cost-Effective

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate access to opioid agonist treatment (OAT) for patients presenting with opioid use disorder may provide greater health benefits at less cost than observed standard of care, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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High Costs Associated With Physician Burnout, Attrition

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians who are experiencing burnout are more than twice as likely to leave their organization within two years, and this is associated with significant economic costs, according to a report from the American Medical Association.

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Simple Checklist Can Identify Useful Clinical Practice Guidelines

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A simple, easy-to-use checklist, the Guideline Trustworthiness, Relevance, and Utility Scoring Tool (G-TRUST), can identify useful clinical practice guidelines, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Many Health Care Providers Work While Sick

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of health care personnel (HCP) with influenza-like illness (ILI) work while ill, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Force Analysis May Help Distinguish Surgeon Skill Level

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Force-sensing bipolar forceps and force analysis may help differentiate surgeon skill level, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in JAMA Surgery.

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High Levels of Burnout, Stress for U.S. Surgical Residents

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical residents have high levels of burnout, which is associated with high stress, depression, and suicidal ideation, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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XR Naltrexone, Sublingual BUP-NX Deemed Equally Effective

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although initiation of extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX) may be more difficult, XR-NTX and sublingual buprenorphine-naloxone (BUP-NX) are equally safe and effective once initiated for opioid relapse prevention, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in The Lancet.

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Surgeons Often Prescribing Too Many Opioids After Rhinoplasty

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients use a mean of 8.7 of the initially prescribed 20 to 30 hydrocodone-acetaminophen combination tablets after rhinoplasty, according to a study published online Nov. 9 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Patients Use ~Half of Opioids Prescribed After Hysterectomy

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gynecologists prescribe about twice the amount of opioids than patients use after hysterectomy for benign, nonobstetric indications, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Overlapping Surgery Appears Safe in Neurosurgical Procedures

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures, overlapping surgery (OS) is not associated with morbidity, mortality, or worsened functional status, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in JAMA Surgery.

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Doctors Have Extra Two Weeks to Preview Performance Data

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians have two extra weeks to preview their 2016 performance information as a result of a mistake related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Physician Compare online resource, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Increases in U.S. Health Spending Tied to Health Service Price

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Factors including increases in health care service price and intensity are associated with increases in U.S. health care spending from 1996 to 2013, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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In ER, Combination of Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen Relieves Pain

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients presenting to the emergency department with acute extremity pain, the combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen does not differ in terms of pain reduction from three different opioid and acetaminophen combination analgesics, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Driving Impairment Warnings Often Not Given With Rx Meds

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Not all prescription drug users report receiving warnings about driving impairment, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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CMS Launches Initiative to Examine Impact of Regulations

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched an initiative to examine which provider regulations should be discarded or revamped amid concerns that the regulations are reducing the amount of time that physicians spend with patients, according to an article published in Modern Healthcare.

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