Severinghaus Lecture: EEG a key to understanding anesthesia

Many 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.

‘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.

Better monitoring, guidelines key to reducing complications

Postoperative 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.

Colorado Society takes action to help Veterans receive timely care

Last 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.

Dec. 31 is the deadline to claim CME credits

Due 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.

Celebration of Research recognizes best and brightest

Sponsored 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.

‘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.”

Limited resources a challenge during inflight medical emergencies

Any 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?

Ethics review: How to deal with disruptive behaviors

Bad 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.

Rovenstine Lecture: Moving beyond measurement

Using 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.