October 23

Population health coordinated care at important juncture

Health care is moving from a fee-based to a value-based approach in which reimbursement has been a focus despite the key role of patient management in the change. A Self-Study course available for CME during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 annual meeting focuses on changes in patient management in the value environment.

Ketamine showing unique potential beyond anesthesia

In its 50 years of clinical use, ketamine has become established as an effective drug with unique effects on the brain that distinguish it from other anesthetics. Ketamine has also been found to be an effective antidepressant for psychiatric use, which will be examined in an education session Sunday.

Poster discussion addresses induction technique that may reduce redistribution hypothermia

According to Jonathan V. Roth, M.D., anesthesiologists may be capable of reducing the incidence of hypothermia in patients aged 18-55 to 16 percent, and to 28 percent in patients over 55 by utilizing a different induction technique.

Pierce lecturer addresses challenges to patient safety in developing world

In his Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., Memorial Lecture Saturday, Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D., provided a comprehensive look at the patient safety challenges facing developing nations in surgery and the administration of anesthesia, saying that about 5 billion people in developing countries lack access to surgical care and 7 million die or become disabled from surgical complications.

System to report adverse events in anesthesia is improving practice

A system of confidentially reporting adverse events in anesthesia has been in use for several years in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. A review of that reporting system and how it can improve practice will be presented during a Monday education session.

Question of the day: What does the annual meeting do best?

On the first full day of the meeting, the ASA Daily News talked to a few attendees to learn what they thought the ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting does best.

Process review: How a PSH was successfully implemented

Implementing a perioperative surgical home can be a challenge, but UAB Hospital at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has had success with its efforts, which were reviewed by three team members Saturday during “Challenges in Implementation of the Perioperative Surgical Home.”

Experts explore use of oxygen for hypoxemia and other conditions

Oxygen administration is critical to treating surgical patients with hypoxemia, but should it be used for patients with other conditions, such as cardiac arrest, acute MI or stroke?

Porter: Focus on value for patients will transform health care

Health care is moving toward a system of value-based reimbursement that is changing practice — to the consternation of some medical professionals. However, after many attempts to improve treatments and reduce costs, that push for value is clearly the way to go, according to Saturday’s Opening Session keynote speaker, Michael Porter, a leading professor of business strategy.