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August 2020 Briefing - Anesthesiology

Last Updated: September 01, 2020.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Anesthesiology for August 2020. 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.

Mortality, Intubation Rates Lower With Anticoagulation in COVID-19

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Among hospitalized patients with COVID-19, anticoagulation (AC) is associated with reduced mortality and intubation, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Recovery Protocol Cuts Opioid Use After Elective Neurosurgery

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols can reduce postoperative use of opioids in patients undergoing elective spine and peripheral nerve surgical procedures, according to a study published online Aug. 6 in Pain Medicine.

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AHA Details How to Lower Stroke Risk During, After Heart Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association and published online Aug. 26 in Circulation, recommendations are presented for reducing the risk for perioperative stroke in adults undergoing cardiac and thoracic aortic operations.

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Health, Economic Factors Tied to Outcomes of Emergency Surgery

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Increased levels of comorbidity and socioeconomic deprivation are associated with mortality, discharge destination, and length of hospital stay (LOS) following admission for emergency general surgery (EGS), according to a study published online Aug. 24 in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.

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COVID-19 Antibodies Detected in Maternity Care Workers in U.K.

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- One out of six maternity health care workers are seropositive for antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), according to a study published online Aug. 10 in Anaesthesia.

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Burnout Less Likely for Doctors in Minority Race/Ethnic Groups

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with non-Hispanic White physicians, physicians in minority racial/ethnic groups are less likely to report burnout, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in JAMA Network Open.

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Expanding Medicaid in Holdout States Could Insure 3.9 Million

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding Medicaid to all states could reduce the number of uninsured by 28 percent based on pre-COVID-19 data, according to a report released by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Life Expectancy 78.60 Years for U.S. Population for 2009-2011

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy for 2009 to 2011 was 78.60 years for the total U.S. population, with the highest life expectancy for Hispanic women, according to the Aug. 7 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Health Plans Not Implementing Prior Authorization Reforms

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians say prior authorization (PA) continues to interfere with patient care and can lead to adverse clinical consequences, according to the results of a survey released by the American Medical Association.

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Most Studies Still Fail to Analyze Data by Sex

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The effect of gender is still largely ignored in scientific studies, according to a study published online June 9 in eLife.

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Risk for Positive COVID-19 Test Up for Health Care Workers

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Frontline health care workers have an increased risk for reporting a positive test for COVID-19, according to a study published online July 31 in The Lancet Public Health.

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Guidelines Indicate Breastfeeding Is Safe After Maternal Anesthesia

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding is safe after anesthesia, according to guidelines issued by the Association of Anaesthetists and published online July 31 in Anaesthesia.

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