Anesthesiology 2016 Archives

Uncategorized, 2016

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September, 2016

October 5, 2016

  • Joanne M. Conroy, MDAnesthesiologists must step out and step up to leadNow is time for anesthesiologists to lead the way to gender equity and patient safety. Not despite all of the disruptions that have occurred in 2020, but because of them. “The pandemic is an example of what broad disruption looks like. It has changed our lives,” said Joanne M. Conroy, MD, President and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, during yesterday’s Rovenstine Lecture.Read More
  • Beverley Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSCReducing the risk of neurocognitive disorders associated with postoperative complicationsIn yesterday’s John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science, Beverley Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC, of the University of Toronto, encouraged anesthesiologists to reset their sights on long-term outcomes. It’s her answer to the question of how we, as anesthesiologists, can achieve our full potential.Read More
  • Welcome to Day 4 of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020It’s the last day of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020, but a full day of educational panels, Corporate Partner sessions, networking, and governance activities awaits you.Read More
  • Robert W. Gould, MDCorrectly identify toxicology prior to treatmentUp to 40% of patients presenting to the emergency department may have an intoxication, but they’re not always easy to recognize. It’s important for anesthesiologists to know that there are really very few intoxications that have classic toxidromes, said Robert W. Gould, MD, Chief of Critical Care Anesthesiology and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.Read More
  • Michael P. Grocott, MBBS, MD, FRCA, FFICM, FRCPChoosing Wisely builds momentumThe Choosing Wisely campaign continues to bring improvements to health care and even shape today’s medical students who will carry out the campaign’s mission well into the future. The state of the global initiative, now eight years strong, was the focus of the Sunday session “Choosing Wisely in 2020: A Global Perspective.”Read More
  • Advancing clinical trial know-howNews of clinical trials has captured the attention of the general public for months, as COVID-19 vaccines advance at record pace. That same thirst for knowledge is expected to captivate seasoned clinicians attending the annual meeting who already have a moderate to advanced understanding of clinical trials in anesthesiology.Read More
  • Global efforts aim to end preventable maternal deathProtecting maternal health is a priority of health care providers worldwide. Despite that, maternal morbidity and mortality rates are on the rise, even in the United States. Rachel M. Kacmar, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, will address this health crisis during Monday’s session “Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: An Anesthesiologist’s Role and Perspective.”Read More
  • Keep the conversation going in the new ASA CommunityWe hope you agree that ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 offered more ways to converse with more colleagues than any meeting before it. We’re pleased to inform you that you can extend those conversations, and much more, with our new ASA Community – an easy-to-use networking tool where you can tap into the collective knowledge of our 50,000-plus membership.Read More
  • Anesthesiologists reevaluate risk reductionPerioperative infections are always a concern for anesthesiologists. Now, in the presence of COVID-19, even more effort and energy are being directed at this topic as anesthesiologists lead multidisciplinary initiatives to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAI) by PPE, hand sanitation, and OR procedures.Read More

October 4, 2016

  • Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of HealthCOVID-19 updates from the NIHNIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, said in yesterday’s opening session that he’s got a “smorgasbord of issues” he’s been wanting to discuss with anesthesiologists. In what he dubbed a “romp through the NIH,” Dr. Collins walked the audience through NIH biomedical research updates in categories that included advancing neurotechnology, the opioid crisis, the need for a more diverse and innovative research workforce, and COVID-19.Read More
  • Welcome to Day 3 of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020Don’t miss the Rovenstine Lecture at 9 a.m. CT, when Dartmouth-Hitchcock President and CEO Joanne M. Conroy, MD, discusses “Vitals Signs: Transforming 21st Century Anesthesia Practice.” Dr. Conroy was named one of the 50 most influential clinical executives in 2020 by Modern Healthcare magazine.Read More
  • Closed claims analysis: Emerging trends in pain managementBefore 2005, there wasn’t a lot of data related to chronic pain medication management. However, with an increasing focus on ASA Closed Claims Analysis, anesthesiologists can see inherent risks and take steps to avoid liability.Read More
  • Anesthesiology’s role in stroke careAnesthesiologists can play a critical role in assessing and reducing the risk of perioperative and acute ischemic stroke in non-cardiac surgery patients through careful screening, managing antithrombotic therapy and even scheduling optimal timing for elective surgery. Those considerations as well as keeping the anesthesiologist safe during the pandemic were the focus of Saturday’s session, “Stroke and the Anesthesiologist: What’s New?”Read More
  • The best in breaking scienceIn a health care environment where practitioners are asked to be efficient and proficient in many clinical scenarios, it’s almost impossible for them to keep up on the latest breaking science. Saturday’s “Our 10 Favorite Papers of the Year: How Will They Affect Your Practice?” put some of the best papers front-and-center for anesthesiologists.Read More
  • How are we doing? Please share your annual meeting experiencesIt’s day 3 of the meeting, and we want to know what you think so far. More than anything, it is your experience that matters.Read More
  • Achieving diversity and inclusion in anesthesiology departments: Whose responsibility is it?Achieving racial, ethnic, and gender diversity and inclusion has been an elusive pursuit in medicine. Defining who is ultimately responsible for developing and implementing a plan that ensures an equal opportunity for everyone could be the key to success. But who should take the lead?Read More
  • ASA brain initiative offers key resourcesThink a little brain fogginess might be something more? ASA’s Perioperative Brain Health Initiative (PBHI) is leading the charge to equip anesthesiologists with the tools they need to effectively screen and care for patients at risk for pre- and postoperative neurocognitive decline.Read More

October 3, 2016

  • Surgeon General calls for physicians to uniteSARS-CoV-2 has shaken us to our core. Now is the time to put politics aside, reflect on the gravity of the moment, and unite against our common enemy, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, FASA, told anesthesiologists during Friday’s Welcome Session, the official kick off of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020.Read More
  • Welcome to Day 2 of the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 annual meetingThis morning’s Opening Session/Keynote Address at 9 a.m. CT is Saturday’s don’t-miss event! 2020 ASA President Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MHA, FACHE, FASA, opens the session with a recap of what will surely be remembered as one of the most challenging years in the specialty’s history. But there were just as many positives – 2020 was the best Match year ever for anesthesiology. Read More
  • MasterClass spotlights the role of compassion in medicineTime. That is the No. 1 reason physicians report not always making a human connection with patients—and 56% of them reported that they don’t even have the time it takes to show compassion, according to Jake Poore, President and Chief Experience Officer of Integrated Loyalty Systems Inc. in Orlando.Read More
  • 2 quick tips to enhance your virtual annual meeting experienceWe hope you’re enjoying the meeting so far and that you’re finding the interface to be intuitive and enjoyable. If you haven’t done so already, there are two very simple actions you can take to make sure your schedule and agenda are fully maximized.Read More
  • COVID: Advice from the frontlinesWhen COVID-19 numbers spiked in New York City last spring, it was bigger than anything doctors there had ever seen before. It demanded ingenuity and the ability to adapt and skillfully steer through a learning curve at record speed. Doctors are still trying to process mentally, physically, and logistically everything that has happened since then, but are ready to share some of what they learned on the frontlines.Read More
  • Professional health programs provide chronic disease treatmentThe current pandemic and resulting health care climate have wrought enormous amounts of stress on physicians—and sometimes, this spirals out of control, leading to substance abuse.Read More
  • COVID-19 tops APSF’s Top 10COVID-19 has affected every conceivable facet of the heath care industry, but few have been affected more than anesthesiology. This fact informs one of the key “lessons learned” that will be featured during the Saturday session “Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Panel: Ten Patient Safety Issues We’ve Learned from the COVID Pandemic.”Read More
  • FAER-Helrich Research Lecture: Why Is Pain Such a Tough Nut to Crack?Tony Yaksh, PhD, MS, Professor and Vice Chair of Research at the University of California, San Diego, explores this pain conundrum when he delivers today’s “FAER-Helrich Research Lecture: Why Is Pain Such a Tough Nut to Crack?: A Mechanistic Perspective on Our Emphasis upon Neuraxial Processing.”Read More
  • Anesthesiologists mean businessBeing a successful anesthesiologist goes beyond just being a good doctor. It’s also about being good at business. The ability to follow and even predict business trends, keep up with the compensation structures for various care team models, and analyze billing metrics to optimize financial outcomes represent a fraction of the business acumen anesthesiologists must possess to be successful in their practice. Read More
  • Pandemic push for innovationIf ever there were a time to ensure timely and safe access to ventilators, it’s now. That’s behind the longstanding engagement of the FDA Centers for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and members of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA). These collaborations that began long before COVID-19 provided a foundation for rapid response to the pandemic.Read More

October 28, 2016

October 27, 2016

October 26, 2016

  • ACT session addresses ratio of anesthesiologists to cases supervisedProblems physician anesthesiologists encounter in implementing anesthesia care teams (ACT) came under scrutiny Tuesday when medical executives from several national and regional anesthesia practices joined 2017 ASA President Jeffrey Plagenhoef, M.D., and Past President John Zerwas, M.D. (2013), to address issues raised by anesthesiologists attending a session, “The Future of the Anesthesia Care Team in the Era of Increased Competition.”Read More
  • Severinghaus Lecture: Anesthesiologists can help reduce postoperative mortalityPreventable mortality associated with anesthesia is almost nonexistent after efforts by anesthesiologists and others to reduce intraoperative mortality over the past 30 years, according to Daniel Sessler, M.D., who presented Tuesday’s John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science.Read More
  • Announcing #ANES16 Social Media StarsNearly 2,000 ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 attendees tweeted and posted about the scientific program, featured sessions, special events and their overall #ANES16 experience.Read More
  • Podcasts help improve teaching to millennialsEducation has changed greatly since most anesthesiology faculty members were students, but many of them continue to use teaching methods from their youth that do not succeed with millennials studying medicine today. To their credit, faculty members are trying to adapt by using digital formats, such as videos and podcasts.Read More
  • Controlling BP, glucose key in treating patients with SAHA subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a life-threatening event that also can cause neurological damage, making quick, effective action vital. Anesthesiologists are at the center of these events in controlling blood pressure and glucose levels that can affect outcomes.Read More
  • Planning is key in managing extubation failureExtubation is an elective process that requires careful planning and preparation. Following safe airway extubation strategies that can help improve outcomes will be the focus of a Wednesday fundamentals of anesthesiology session.Read More
  • ‘What ASA member benefit is most valuable to you?’From a hugely popular Rovenstine Lecture, to standing-room-only Medically Challenging Cases sessions, to routinely packed poster areas, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 has again offered attendees the best science, education, entertainment and value available anywhere in the specialty.Read More

October 26, 2016

October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016

  • Severinghaus Lecture: EEG a key to understanding anesthesiaMany mysteries about the brain and its workings remain to be solved, and anesthesiologists play a big role in increasing that understanding. Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., is a leader in that effort, and one of his key tools is the EEG. Wednesday, he used the John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science to explain what we have learned through EEGs.Read More
  • ‘Swimming with the Sharks’ is a big success“Swimming With the Sharks” showcased to a packed audience the medical device or drug products of five anesthesiologist inventors. The first session of its kind at the ANESTHESIOLOGY meeting, the Tuesday session simulated how pharmaceutical and medical devices are developed and brought to market in real life. No winner was selected from the presentations.Read More
  • Better monitoring, guidelines key to reducing complicationsPostoperative complications are a problem area in anesthesia, but studies define a road to help reduce them. During Tuesday’s “Neuromuscular Physiology, Pharmacology and Monitoring: Debunking the Myths,” four anesthesiologists examined the need for better guidelines, the use of scientific methods to assess anesthesia recovery, objective monitoring and debunking myths about operating conditions to improve treatment.Read More
  • Colorado Society takes action to help Veterans receive timely careLast week, several articles were published reporting that “since early August” the Denver VA Medical Center has cancelled or postponed “65-90 non-emergent surgeries” because of a “shortage of staff, specifically anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.” ASA is committed to ensuring our nations’ Veterans have access to safe, high-quality care and was deeply concerned by these claims.Read More
  • Dec. 31 is the deadline to claim CME creditsDue to new claiming requirements, all credits for live meetings now must be claimed in the calendar year in which the meeting took place. That means that your credits from ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 must be claimed by midnight on Dec. 31, 2017.Read More
  • Celebration of Research recognizes best and brightestSponsored by the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research and the journal Anesthesiology, the 2017 Celebration of Research honored individuals who have made notable contributions to the science that drives our specialty.Read More
  • ‘What has been the highlight of your ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017?’“The hands-on workshops. I have taken more advantage of them this year than in previous years. There were some difficult airway workshops as well as thoracic anesthesia and lung isolation workshops. They had equipment my hospital doesn’t have or have access to, so I was able to touch that for the first time.”Read More
  • Limited resources a challenge during inflight medical emergenciesAny medical emergency is challenge, but if it occurs on a plane, the challenges are multiplied. What medical equipment is available? Is an experienced health care professional available to assist you? What is your professional liability? What is your ethical responsibility?Read More
  • Ethics review: How to deal with disruptive behaviorsBad behavior in the workplace is difficult to manage, but it becomes more problematic when it has the potential to affect patient outcomes. A Wednesday ethics session will use scenarios and presentations to examine how to deal with disruptive behavior.Read More

October 24, 2016

  • Rovenstine Lecture: Moving beyond measurementUsing measurement to improve outcomes is all the rage in modern medicine. Many medical specialties, including anesthesia, are collecting data, so the next step is to coordinate those measurements and include the feedback of patients, said Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., on Monday during the Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture.Read More
  • Future of specialty does not lie in status quoDuring the question-and-answer portion of Monday’s “Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Anesthesiology” session, former ASA Vice President for Scientific Affairs Arnold J. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., began his comments by paraphrasing Ronald Reagan: “Status quo is Latin for ‘what got us into this mess.’”Read More
  • Improving O.R. efficiency means reducing over-utilizationIn the O.R., time is money. To run an O.R. efficiently, “reduce your hours of over-utilization,” said Franklin Dexter, M.D., Ph.D. In other words, do what you can to avoid ending later than scheduled.Read More
  • Anesthesia adjustments needed when treating the elderlyThe perioperative treatment of geriatric patients is a challenge because increases in frailty and comorbidities affect how the elderly react to anesthesia and the insult of surgery. Two speakers examined the effects of aging on patients and how to deal with them during Monday’s education session, “The Quick and Dirty on Anesthesia Care for the Complex Geriatric Patient.”Read More
  • Worthy CAWS: Lecture on workforce data and research seeks questions and answers“All numbers being presented are wrong.” That’s the disclosure attendees will receive at the opening of today’s Refresher Course Lecture titled “U.S. Anesthesia Workforce and Group Practice Trends: Data Sources and Research Questions.”Read More
  • Battling burnoutPhysicians are expected to improve or save the lives of their patients, yet a growing number of physicians are struggling to enhance their own lives. It is estimated that 400 U.S. physicians a year commit suicide and thousands of others struggle with burnout. An interactive Tuesday workshop aims to address these issues and provide tools for resilience at work.Read More
  • Assessing physician fitness a challengeGauging a physician’s competency does not end with residency. Supervisors must assess fitness to practice whether an anesthesiologist is just beginning residency training or approaching retirement. Tips to improve the assessment process will be presented during a Tuesday panel assembled by the Society for Education in Anesthesia.Read More
  • Processes should not change for NORAAnesthesia is increasingly being used outside the operating room in suites designed for less invasive procedures. The change of scenery still requires the use of standard anesthesiology processes and creates new challenges, which will be explored in a Tuesday education session.Read More

October 24, 2016

October 24, 2016

October 23, 2016

  • Marx Lecture: Data key to improving obstetric anesthesiology outcomesIn 1939, when Gertie Marx, M.D., the “mother of obstetric anesthesia,” practiced medicine, obstetric anesthesiology didn’t exist. She pioneered the practice. She also was an early advocate of saddle block, the use of caudal catheters and a supporter of permitting fathers in the delivery room. What were the complications rates back then? We can assume they were much higher than today. But no one was keeping track.Read More
  • Wright Lecture: Neuroscience, anesthesia need to work togetherResearch on how the brain works is the realm of anesthesiologists and neuroscientists who often interact but do not work together to share their knowledge. Renowned anesthesia researcher Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., wants that to change.Read More
  • Journal Symposium: Strategies primed to tackle opioid crisisDespite efforts to curb opioid prescriptions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that synthetic opioid related fatalities increased 22 percent in 2016, surpassing deaths related to heroin or prescription opioids.Read More
  • Last-chance MACRA reporting questions answered at Industry TheaterPractices that have not yet determined how to meet 2017 MACRA reporting requirements are not alone. More important, they are not too late to learn about last-minute reporting options through the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s (AQI’s) National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR).Read More
  • ‘What interesting or useful products have you seen in the Connection Center?’“For me, it is a lot of the small things. It’s great that there are machines and ultrasound etc., but the average practicing anesthesiologist does not purchase the big equipment. I like seeing items like pre-made bite blocks or I.V. extension things that are small and easily obtained but can make big differences in our daily workflow.”Read More
  • ACE & SEE Live: Changing your practiceGet the latest updates on a variety of patient safety issues Tuesday during a fast-paced, interactive session led by editors of ASA’s ACE and SEE education programs.Read More
  • Severinghaus Lecture: Role of EEG, future of brain researchThe electroencephalogram (EEG) has been foundational for the study of the effects of anesthesia on the brain for 80 years, since the publication of a landmark study of its use. In Tuesday’s John W. Severinghaus Lecture, renowned anesthesiologist and researcher Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., will examine the history of EEG, its impact on science and the future of studying the effects of anesthesia.Read More
  • FAER-Helrich Lecture: Learning from consciousness at near-deathWhat happens to humans in the moments surrounding death might be one of the most intriguing mysteries of life. Monday’s FAER-Helrich Research Lecture will explore that mystery as well as the role anesthesiologists could play in solving it.Read More
  • Interventions can help prevent PTSDRecurrent exposure to violence and life-threatening situations can link physicians with soldiers, firefighters and police officers in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It also can link physicians with patients who have experienced traumatic illness or injury.Read More
  • Preparing for emergencies in smaller facilitiesA growing number of surgical procedures are performed on healthy children in ambulatory surgery centers and satellite hospitals where emergencies are rare. Emergencies do happen, so anesthesiologists need to be prepared.Read More

October 23, 2016

October 23, 2016

October 22, 2016

October 22, 2016

  • Keynote Address: Teamwork a foundation for improved outcomesAnesthesia and sterile environments are seen as the first two foundations of improved outcomes in surgery, but teamwork is establishing itself as an equally important part of that foundation. Atul Gawande, M.D., explained that vision Saturday during his ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 Keynote Address.Read More
  • Non-pharmacologic options still mainstay for delirium managementDelirium is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in older surgical patients, and its causes and treatments are not well understood. Recent research, though, has produced advances in recognition of the condition.Read More
  • Self-awareness helps manage implicit bias in health careAll Italian moms are wonderful cooks; girls aren’t good at math; older people aren’t proficient with technology. Those are just a few of the examples of how implicit bias exists in society and affects how we perceive and treat others. Implicit bias is an unconscious assumption about someone based on race, ethnicity, gender, weight, ability, age or sexual orientation.Read More
  • Private versus academic practice: Which track will you choose?Medical students and residents got a realistic glimpse of the triumphs and challenges of an anesthesiologist in private versus academic practice Saturday during “A Day in the Life of a Physician Anesthesiologist.” The contrast is stark.Read More
  • Rovenstine Lecture: Expand measurementQuality measurement in anesthesiology began in 1935 with the launch of the Anesthesia Study Commissions, and it has grown as quality has become linked to reimbursement. Still, there are gaps in measurement — and in the response to patient requests.Read More
  • ‘What did you take away from the Keynote Address by Dr. Gawande?’“As a medical student, it was good to hear his insight on the future as well as how important safety is to the operating room environment. His whole discussion of checklist implementation, the development and all the countries that are using it.”Read More
  • 5K offers healthiest of competitionIn the span of about an hour, the eighth annual Hope For The Warriors — Run For The Warriors 5K Run/Walk was history. The brevity of this popular charity event stood in direct contrast to the lasting and far-reaching effects it leaves behind each year.Read More
  • Developing a good O.R. cardiac teamGood chemistry is required in medicine — not just in pharmaceutical treatments but among the members of the treatment team. The qualities of a good team and how they can be developed will be examined in a Refresher Course session Sunday.Read More
  • Workshop to explain MACRA reporting requirementsThe collection and reporting of practice data as required by MACRA has raised questions and concerns among physicians who need to update their reporting processes for reimbursement. A Sunday seminar is geared to answer the questions of anesthesiologists and help them learn to meet the new requirements.Read More
  • Is evening elective surgery safe?In an era where quality measurements are used to grade and reimburse physicians, perioperative teams are in the spotlight if outcomes are less than optimal. One area drawing attention is elective surgeries performed late in the day, when perioperative teams could be tired and resources may be relatively scarce.Read More

October 22, 2016

October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

  • Pierce Lecture: Improving patient safetyA founding father of the patient safety movement, Robert K. Stoelting, M.D., will review the origins of the movement, discuss why it is still relevant and examine today’s challenges and steps needed to improve safety when he presents the Pierce Lecture.Read More
  • Measuring performance a key to reimbursementWith national health expenditures topping $3.35 trillion in 2016, the U.S. leads the world in health care costs, yet is just 26th in the world for life expectancy and ranks poorly on other quality of life indicators.Read More
  • Using preoperative clinics to improve outcomesAnesthesiologists are expanding their perioperative role to improve patient care. A Saturday session will explore how they can establish preoperative clinics to proactively manage complex medical problems that contribute to risk in the operating room.Read More
  • What are you most looking forward to at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017?“I am looking to learn about upgrades in technology, the Perioperative Surgical Home and corresponding with colleagues as I get closer to retirement."Read More
  • Dec. 31 is the deadline to claim CME creditsDue to new reporting requirements, all credits for live meetings now must be claimed in the calendar year in which the meeting took place. That means that your credits from ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 must be claimed by midnight on Dec. 31, 2017.Read More
  • Recovering from total knee arthroplastyJoint technology and aging baby boomers are driving the surge in knee replacement surgery. Speakers at a Saturday session will explore how following Perioperative Surgical Home processes can expedite recovery and improve outcomes for patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty.Read More
  • New approaches to pain managementNew classes of opioids, combinations of long-acting local anesthetics and analgesics, and pain monitors are being used to improve pain management. They will be examined in three presentations during a Saturday education session.Read More
  • Using epidural analgesia in infantsPain management in sick infants poses a challenge when the options all seem to have significant risks. Using continuous epidural analgesia is a consideration that will be explored Sunday during a Problem-Based Learning Discussion.Read More
  • Customized simulation key in retraining anesthesiologistsSimulation has become a popular and effective method of assessing the competency of anesthesiologists returning to practice after time off. It also is used to assess the skills of physicians whose professionalism is in question. An Anesthesiology 2017 Self-Study course explains how to develop a retraining simulator program.Read More
  • Director of ‘The Checklist Effect’ opens up about award-winning surgical/anesthesia documentaryOn Sunday, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 attendees are invited to attend a reception and screening of “The Checklist Effect,” which features this year’s meeting keynote speaker and Lifebox chair Atul Gawande, M.D.Read More

October 21, 2016

October 20, 2016

  • The key to quality patient care is connectionA doctor’s ability to keenly observe a patient in detail is part of a ritual that has, for centuries, connected doctors with their patients. But this process is becoming endangered as the demands of Big Data threaten this critical component of the diagnostic process.Read More
  • Novel research earns top ASA and peer recognitionOn Saturday, ASA recognized this year’s recipients of the 2019 Award for Excellence in Research and the James E. Cottrell, M.D., Presidential Scholar Award. Anesthesiology Editor-in-Chief Evan D. Kharasch, M.D., Ph.D., introduced the recipients.Read More
  • Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Maybe not after overnight callAnesthesiology residents typically work between 64 and 70 hours per week. With on-call duty, that can mean working up to 24 hours straight with little or no sleep. Of course, residents aren’t the only ones rubbing their eyes. Many practicing anesthesiologists work long hours and overnights, too.Read More
  • Anesthesiology in the heat of the intraoperative momentAnesthesiologists are frequently called upon to make game-time decisions, the consequences of which can be life and death for the patients on the table. In yesterday’s session “Intraoperative Critical Care: How Best to Succeed When All Seems Lost,” three panelists shared wisdom on how to manage three particularly challenging scenarios.Read More
  • Advocacy continues in Orlando; New mobile technology used in surprise medical bill fightASA members continued their dedication to advocacy and patient safety during ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019. In addition to continued support for advancing the specialty, attendees have been using new mobile technology to advocate for a top policy priority–ending surprise medical bills.Read More
  • Question of the Day: Why is the ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting valuable to you?The ASA Daily News asks: Why is the ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting valuable to you?Read More
  • The importance of physician-led anesthesia carePhysician-led anesthesia care has become a hot topic in many discussions and education sessions at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019. By design, ASA is focusing attention on this important topic as a means to improve patient care.Read More
  • Going forward with a nod to the pastMedical history books spotlight important discoveries and innovations in anesthesiology, but many more scientific advances and scientists go unnoticed.Read More
  • What the hack?There’s no debating it. Medical technology is a must-have today and will be in the future. From electronic anesthetic records to wireless infusion pumps, pacemakers, and other implanted devices, clinicians place implicit trust in the functionality and security of these technologies.Read More
  • Is surviving enough?Anesthesiologists are sometimes referred to as the guardian angels of the O.R. They watch over and protect patients through life-saving procedures and through critical illness in the ICUs. But their guardian role is often fleeting.Read More

October 20, 2016

  • ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 OnSite News: Information centralNo doubt you’ll be picking up lots of material over the course of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017, and some of it will probably be left behind.Read More
  • Dec. 31 is the deadline to claim CME creditsDue to new reporting requirements, all credits for live meetings now must be claimed in the calendar year in which the meeting took place. That means that your credits from ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 must be claimed by midnight on Dec. 31, 2017.Read More
  • ASA launches Perioperative Brain Health InitiativeDetails of the ASA’s new public safety campaign, the Perioperative Brain Health Initiative, will be explained during a special session Saturday afternoon. It will feature six presentations about the Society’s efforts to reduce cognitive changes and delirium following surgery.Read More
  • Keynote: Navigating the challenges of medicineHe has given inspirational commencement addresses at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, the California Institute of Technology and Williams College. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1998. And he has written three best-selling books, one of which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Atul Gawande, M.D., is such a powerful communicator and tireless advocate for health and science that it’s easy to forget that he still finds time to practice surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.Read More
  • Self-Study program expands to 12 modulesThe ASA’s Self-Study program debuted at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2015 with just four modules. This year, there are 12 modules offering in-depth exploration of everything from multimodal therapy in pain management to the “Juggles and Struggles of Women in Anesthesiology.”Read More
  • Be recognized as an ASA FellowAre you dedicated to your profession and patients? Are you proud of your years of educational development? Do you see yourself as a leader in medicine? If so, then you deserve to be formally recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Read More
  • Lifebox Masterclasses offer global perspectives, and a word from Resident Challenge winnerFor the fourth year in a row, Lifebox will present its increasingly popular Masterclass series on global anesthesia at its booth in the ASA Resource Center, in the North Lobby of Level 1 in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.Read More
  • Run For The Warriors moves up to SaturdaySigning up for Saturday morning’s Run For The Warriors® 5K Run/Walk in Boston Common affords you some impressive bragging rights. You can say you ran in the oldest park in the United States within the city that hosts the world’s oldest annual marathon.Read More
  • Industry, meeting supporters offer Satellite SymposiaTen Satellite Symposia will be presented by ASA’s Industry Supporters, Annual Meeting Supporters and exhibitors from Saturday through Monday. All programs provide cutting-edge medical and scientific education and are not product-specific. The symposia are led by noted scientists and clinicians from leading institutions around the world and cover topics ranging from “Improving Patient Safety with […]Read More

October 2, 2016

  • ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 launches todayThis year, the largest educational and scientific meeting in the specialty has been re-envisioned to fit onto your laptop or mobile device. We’ve been working non-stop to make your virtual experience as efficient and enjoyable as possible.Read More
  • More opportunities than ever before to engage with corporate partnersLike many other aspects of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020, the exhibitor activities planned for this year will be unlike any other—not just because they are all virtual, but because they offer more opportunity for engagement than any meeting before it.Read More
  • Pierce Lecture: ‘Is Safety Becoming the Poor Stepchild of Quality?’According to 2020 Pierce Lecturer Matthew B. Weinger, MD, MS, patient safety is being threatened by competing pressures within health care to deliver more and better care at lower cost.Read More
  • Physician anesthesiologists are Made for this MomentAs physician anesthesiologists, you make a difference in the moments that matter most to your patients. This is more evident than ever as the country battles an unprecedented pandemic—and you have been leaders, innovators, and lifesavers. And just as you were made for this moment, you are made for the ones that happen every day as you safeguard patients and advocate for quality care.Read More
  • Medical students prep for transitionThe transition from medical school to a residency in anesthesiology is a well-deserved honor. But it comes with a number of future considerations, from ranking residency programs to student loans. Saturday’s Medical Student Program explores a wide spectrum of decision-making.Read More
  • Reducing neurocognitive complications after cardiac surgeryPostoperative delirium and cognitive decline following heart surgery are valid concerns among patients and physicians alike. Efforts to reduce postoperative neurocognitive complications, which include preoperative screening for risk factors and leveraging optimal anesthetic techniques, may reduce postoperative mortality, shorten hospital stays, and decrease the need for long-term care.Read More
  • Don’t miss the Journal-sponsored sessions at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020As in previous years, Anesthesiology is sponsoring several sessions during ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020. Take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to join Anesthesiology for all the great content planned.Read More
  • Prevent perioperative outcomes from going up in smokeSmoking and vaping come with a long list of warnings. Among them, the not-so-secret increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer. But it’s the surgical risks that should concern anesthesiologists, who are obligated to encourage patients to quit smoking or vaping before surgery.Read More

October 19, 2016

  • Say yes to NOThe story of Warren M. Zapol, M.D., could easily be the subject of an award-winning documentary on Netflix. This legendary anesthesiologist pioneered advances in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and he discovered a life-saving use for a poisonous gas.Read More
  • On the front lines of careIn the aftermath of a mass casualty, first responders are critical to treating injuries and saving lives. Anesthesiologists can be a valuable asset on the front lines of care.Read More
  • Respect among professionals improves patient safetyReshaping stereotypes can improve professional relationships and, ultimately, patient safety. Jeffrey B. Cooper, Ph.D., delivers that impassioned message during today’s “ASA/APSF Ellison C. Pierce Memorial Lecture: Respectful, Trusting Relationships Are Essential for Patient Safety, Especially the Surgeon-Anesthesiologist Dyad.”Read More
  • The boomers are comingBy 2030, the number of boomers 65 and older will reach 84 million, nearly twice their number today. While the elderly represent less than 20% of the U.S. population, they receive 35% or more of all surgical procedures.Read More
  • Help us understand the anesthesiology resident journey!ASA wants to better understand the journeys of its anesthesiology residents so we can improve your member experience during residency and beyond. Read More
  • A Day for New ResearchersThis year, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is partnering with Early-Stage Anesthesia Scholars (eSAS) for the first “A Day for New Researchers” event.Read More
  • Single ventricle babies grow upSingle ventricle defects form a subgroup of critical congenital heart disorders. Before 1968, most affected babies struggled to live past infancy. That is when Francois Marie Fontan, M.D., and Guillermo Kreutzer, M.D., revolutionized treatment for these patients.Read More
  • Earn patient-safety credit hours and have fun doing itCOME ON DOWN for the ACE and SEE Live! presentation. It’s going to be as much fun as a game show and far more enlightening. Each audience member will become a contestant in this fast-paced test of anesthesiology knowledge.Read More
  • Take your child to workIf you’ve ever been challenged by explaining the job of an anesthesiologist to your children, this is the session for you. You’re encouraged to bring your children to Sunday’s fun, interactive workshop “A Day in the Life of an Anesthesiologist.”Read More
  • The jury is out on peer reviewDespite advanced training and conscientious attention to detail, anesthesiologists aren’t immune from errors on occasion. What they do after an error is the subject of Sunday’s point-counterpoint session “Peer Review: Blame Game or Quality Improvement?”Read More

October 18, 2016

  • Welcome to ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019!Welcome to Orlando and ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019, the only meeting that unites more than 14,000 clinicians, thought leaders and professionals from around the world. As you get settled and prepare for the next four days ahead, we encourage you to take a moment to read through today’s edition of the ASA Daily News.Read More
  • Face-to-face in a digital ageAccording to Abraham Verghese, M.D., it might be the most critical moment in an individual’s life – lying on a gurney, almost ready for surgery, and then the anesthesiologist comes to visit.Read More
  • FAER-Swimming with SharksBack by popular demand, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019 will host the Saturday session “FAER-Swimming with Sharks: How Anesthesiologist Inventors Can Move Their Ideas Forward.”Read More
  • Physician heal thyself … and colleaguesIt’s an important public service message that bears repeating among physician anesthesiologists – if you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicide, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 741-741.Read More
  • The business of medicineFor physicians, the business of the day is about caring for patients. But there is that nagging aspect of practice that is truly business in nature – staff supervision, contract negotiation and conflict resolution. Read More
  • Opioids and anesthesiologistsWith the opioid crisis still affecting the nation, it’s important that anesthesiologists are well-educated about the problem – and about potential solutions.Read More
  • Get the most from your membership at the Resource CenterLearn how to optimize your practice, advance your skills and support your specialty at the ASA Resource Center, located at Booth 1259 in the Exhibit Hall (Level 2 West Hall A3-B2).Read More
  • Follow up on FASA at Member Services boothInterested in earning the FASA? Find out everything you need to know about FASA eligibility at Member Services in the ASA Resource Center in the Exhibit Hall (Level 2 West Hall A3-B2).Read More
  • Take the Simul8 Challenge to test skills, win prizesPut your anesthesia knowledge to the test by competing with your peers in video games for daily prizes in the Simul8 Challenge, powered by Airway Ex.Read More
  • International Pavilion offers a place to connectASA recognizes that a large number of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019 attendees are international and is intentional about providing an area for them to network, ask questions and connect with their national societies.Read More

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ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 Daily, 2016

  • Joanne M. Conroy, MDAnesthesiologists must step out and step up to leadNow is time for anesthesiologists to lead the way to gender equity and patient safety. Not despite all of the disruptions that have occurred in 2020, but because of them. “The pandemic is an example of what broad disruption looks like. It has changed our lives,” said Joanne M. Conroy, MD, President and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, during yesterday’s Rovenstine Lecture.Read More
  • Beverley Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSCReducing the risk of neurocognitive disorders associated with postoperative complicationsIn yesterday’s John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science, Beverley Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC, of the University of Toronto, encouraged anesthesiologists to reset their sights on long-term outcomes. It’s her answer to the question of how we, as anesthesiologists, can achieve our full potential.Read More
  • Welcome to Day 4 of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020It’s the last day of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020, but a full day of educational panels, Corporate Partner sessions, networking, and governance activities awaits you.Read More
  • Robert W. Gould, MDCorrectly identify toxicology prior to treatmentUp to 40% of patients presenting to the emergency department may have an intoxication, but they’re not always easy to recognize. It’s important for anesthesiologists to know that there are really very few intoxications that have classic toxidromes, said Robert W. Gould, MD, Chief of Critical Care Anesthesiology and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.Read More
  • Michael P. Grocott, MBBS, MD, FRCA, FFICM, FRCPChoosing Wisely builds momentumThe Choosing Wisely campaign continues to bring improvements to health care and even shape today’s medical students who will carry out the campaign’s mission well into the future. The state of the global initiative, now eight years strong, was the focus of the Sunday session “Choosing Wisely in 2020: A Global Perspective.”Read More
  • Advancing clinical trial know-howNews of clinical trials has captured the attention of the general public for months, as COVID-19 vaccines advance at record pace. That same thirst for knowledge is expected to captivate seasoned clinicians attending the annual meeting who already have a moderate to advanced understanding of clinical trials in anesthesiology.Read More
  • Global efforts aim to end preventable maternal deathProtecting maternal health is a priority of health care providers worldwide. Despite that, maternal morbidity and mortality rates are on the rise, even in the United States. Rachel M. Kacmar, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, will address this health crisis during Monday’s session “Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: An Anesthesiologist’s Role and Perspective.”Read More
  • Keep the conversation going in the new ASA CommunityWe hope you agree that ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 offered more ways to converse with more colleagues than any meeting before it. We’re pleased to inform you that you can extend those conversations, and much more, with our new ASA Community – an easy-to-use networking tool where you can tap into the collective knowledge of our 50,000-plus membership.Read More
  • Anesthesiologists reevaluate risk reductionPerioperative infections are always a concern for anesthesiologists. Now, in the presence of COVID-19, even more effort and energy are being directed at this topic as anesthesiologists lead multidisciplinary initiatives to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAI) by PPE, hand sanitation, and OR procedures.Read More
  • Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of HealthCOVID-19 updates from the NIHNIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, said in yesterday’s opening session that he’s got a “smorgasbord of issues” he’s been wanting to discuss with anesthesiologists. In what he dubbed a “romp through the NIH,” Dr. Collins walked the audience through NIH biomedical research updates in categories that included advancing neurotechnology, the opioid crisis, the need for a more diverse and innovative research workforce, and COVID-19.Read More

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ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 Daily, 2016

  • Severinghaus Lecture: EEG a key to understanding anesthesiaMany mysteries about the brain and its workings remain to be solved, and anesthesiologists play a big role in increasing that understanding. Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., is a leader in that effort, and one of his key tools is the EEG. Wednesday, he used the John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science to explain what we have learned through EEGs.Read More
  • ‘Swimming with the Sharks’ is a big success“Swimming With the Sharks” showcased to a packed audience the medical device or drug products of five anesthesiologist inventors. The first session of its kind at the ANESTHESIOLOGY meeting, the Tuesday session simulated how pharmaceutical and medical devices are developed and brought to market in real life. No winner was selected from the presentations.Read More
  • Better monitoring, guidelines key to reducing complicationsPostoperative complications are a problem area in anesthesia, but studies define a road to help reduce them. During Tuesday’s “Neuromuscular Physiology, Pharmacology and Monitoring: Debunking the Myths,” four anesthesiologists examined the need for better guidelines, the use of scientific methods to assess anesthesia recovery, objective monitoring and debunking myths about operating conditions to improve treatment.Read More
  • Colorado Society takes action to help Veterans receive timely careLast week, several articles were published reporting that “since early August” the Denver VA Medical Center has cancelled or postponed “65-90 non-emergent surgeries” because of a “shortage of staff, specifically anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.” ASA is committed to ensuring our nations’ Veterans have access to safe, high-quality care and was deeply concerned by these claims.Read More
  • Dec. 31 is the deadline to claim CME creditsDue to new claiming requirements, all credits for live meetings now must be claimed in the calendar year in which the meeting took place. That means that your credits from ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 must be claimed by midnight on Dec. 31, 2017.Read More
  • Celebration of Research recognizes best and brightestSponsored by the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research and the journal Anesthesiology, the 2017 Celebration of Research honored individuals who have made notable contributions to the science that drives our specialty.Read More
  • ‘What has been the highlight of your ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017?’“The hands-on workshops. I have taken more advantage of them this year than in previous years. There were some difficult airway workshops as well as thoracic anesthesia and lung isolation workshops. They had equipment my hospital doesn’t have or have access to, so I was able to touch that for the first time.”Read More
  • Limited resources a challenge during inflight medical emergenciesAny medical emergency is challenge, but if it occurs on a plane, the challenges are multiplied. What medical equipment is available? Is an experienced health care professional available to assist you? What is your professional liability? What is your ethical responsibility?Read More
  • Ethics review: How to deal with disruptive behaviorsBad behavior in the workplace is difficult to manage, but it becomes more problematic when it has the potential to affect patient outcomes. A Wednesday ethics session will use scenarios and presentations to examine how to deal with disruptive behavior.Read More
  • Rovenstine Lecture: Moving beyond measurementUsing measurement to improve outcomes is all the rage in modern medicine. Many medical specialties, including anesthesia, are collecting data, so the next step is to coordinate those measurements and include the feedback of patients, said Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., on Monday during the Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture.Read More

ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 Daily, 2016

  • Rovenstine Lecture: Professionalism requires a lifetime commitmentIn a soul-searching Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture on Monday, David Chestnut, M.D., examined the key attributes of professionalism and his own journey on the road to professionalism in anesthesiology.Read More
  • ACT session addresses ratio of anesthesiologists to cases supervisedProblems physician anesthesiologists encounter in implementing anesthesia care teams (ACT) came under scrutiny Tuesday when medical executives from several national and regional anesthesia practices joined 2017 ASA President Jeffrey Plagenhoef, M.D., and Past President John Zerwas, M.D. (2013), to address issues raised by anesthesiologists attending a session, “The Future of the Anesthesia Care Team in the Era of Increased Competition.”Read More
  • Severinghaus Lecture: Anesthesiologists can help reduce postoperative mortalityPreventable mortality associated with anesthesia is almost nonexistent after efforts by anesthesiologists and others to reduce intraoperative mortality over the past 30 years, according to Daniel Sessler, M.D., who presented Tuesday’s John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science.Read More
  • Experience a new approach to postoperative pain management!With the opioid epidemic rising in the U.S., it’s imperative to use a multimodal approach to minimize abuse. Four new e-learning modules address the opioid crisis and demonstrate how to best treat patients for better postoperative outcomes. These modules are free to all ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 annual meeting registrants.Read More
  • Lean: Applying manufacturing efficiencies to reduce health care costsThe U.S. has the highest cost of health care in the world, and government and industry have long struggled to find ways to improve efficiency. One option gaining attention is the adoption of lean principles started by auto manufacturers in Japan. A Sunday session, “Kaizen! Employing Lean Principles in the Ambulatory Setting,” looked at the potential of lean.Read More
  • Announcing #ANES16 Social Media StarsNearly 2,000 ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 attendees tweeted and posted about the scientific program, featured sessions, special events and their overall #ANES16 experience.Read More
  • Podcasts help improve teaching to millennialsEducation has changed greatly since most anesthesiology faculty members were students, but many of them continue to use teaching methods from their youth that do not succeed with millennials studying medicine today. To their credit, faculty members are trying to adapt by using digital formats, such as videos and podcasts.Read More
  • FAER Lecture: Changes in culture, technology improving care in ICUsEarly in their history, ICUs were almost a waiting room for mortality, but that attitude is long gone because of changes in culture as much as changes in treatment. In his FAER-Helrich Research Monday, Michael A. Gropper, M.D., Ph.D., reviewed the positive effects of those changes.Read More
  • Controlling BP, glucose key in treating patients with SAHA subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a life-threatening event that also can cause neurological damage, making quick, effective action vital. Anesthesiologists are at the center of these events in controlling blood pressure and glucose levels that can affect outcomes.Read More
  • Academic medical practice undergoing fundamental changeBig changes are taking place in academic medical practice as the line between academic and private practice begins to blur. Today, more and more academic practices are being run by for-profit groups and community practices are being run by academic institutions.Read More

ANESTHESIOLOGY 2015 Daily, 2016

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