When accidents happen

Health care remains far behind other domains and continues to embrace obsolete ideas about how accidents happen. Further, health care uses a conflicted method for investigating medical accidents, allows political forces to shape the narrative of what happened and the appropriate response, and has learned little from bad outcomes.

Question of the Day: What do you do to combat physician burnout?

More than half of all physicians report at least one major symptom of burnout, and anesthesiologists seem to be especially affected, with a rate of burnout higher than the mean rate for all physicians. These statistics prompted the ASA Daily News staff to ask the question:

What do you do to combat physician burnout?

Importing practices from Europe to improve the perioperative process

To improve the perioperative trajectory of patients, particularly for those with multiple comorbidities and increased risk for postoperative complications, the Sunday session “ESA Panel: Perioperative Medicine: Role of Anesthesiologists in Europe” spanned the globe. It showcased recent advances and programs anesthesiologists from around the world are implementing to optimize outcomes for surgical patients during the […]

Managing cardiac arrest and other challenging O.R. situations

Extremely challenging situations can develop in the O.R. that affect what happens in the ICU later on. But the more familiar you are with the core tenets of ICU management, the better prepared you’ll be when challenging situations happen.

Challenges in comparing MAC and GA

Monitored anesthesia care (MAC) has increased exponentially over the past decade, but questions remain about its safety compared with a general anesthetic (GA).

Individual interventions not enough to alleviate burnout

Physician burnout causes a variety of physical and psychosocial symptoms that contribute to high rates of early retirement, substance abuse and suicide.

Question of the Day: What do you think of ASA’s new look?

Question of the Day: What do you think of ASA’s new look?

Exploring the evidence, measures to reduce surgical site infections

Surgical site infections (SSIs) account for approximately 20 percent of all hospital-acquired infections, and nearly 60 percent of these infections are preventable. Established guidelines help reduce the rate of SSIs, but are these guidelines effective?

Josh Linkner inspires anesthesiologists to be innovators

“Health care is in the midst of upheaval, with new technology and trends in patient care. By applying fresh and proven approaches to innovation, anesthesiologists can drive more meaningful results and adapt to changes in the field,” said best-selling author and entrepreneur Josh Linkner.

Cirrhotic patients undergoing elective surgery present unique challenges

Cirrhosis is on the rise in the U.S., and yet the risk of dying from the disease is less than half of what it was in 1970. Anesthesiologists will likely encounter more patients with cirrhosis presenting for elective surgery as they await a liver transplant. This may include arthroscopy, head and neck surgery, hernia repair and cardiac surgery.