October 22

Anesthesiologists: Be physicians, not proceduralists

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., is calling on anesthesiologists to improve the health in their communities by championing their roles as physicians over that of proceduralists.

Severinghaus Lecture: No two lungs are alike

Jeanine P. Wiener-Kronish, M.D., understands physiology from bench to bedside to operating table. For 11 years, she’s been Chair of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. But she also spent 35 years doing clinical research.

The power of women anesthesiologists

Female physician anesthesiologists shouldn’t have to break a glass ceiling to achieve success. Women can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their male counterparts with confidence and improved negotiation skills.

Question of the Day: What has been the highlight of the meeting for you?

On this final day of ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019, the ASA Daily News staff asked attendees to reflect on their time at the annual meeting.

Does MIPS reporting improve quality?

Health care professionals are divided over the current Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program that determines Medicare payment adjustments based on provider care.

Having a plan and sticking to it can help reduce extubation failures

Death and permanent brain damage still occur in a number of patients with extubation failure. That’s the word from the ASA Closed Claims Project Database and the focus of Monday’s session “Extubation of the Difficult Airway with a Focus on Patient Outcomes.”

The anesthesiologist’s role in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity

It could be a headline straight out of the pioneer days, when maternal mortality rates were abysmal. Yet in 2019, news headlines about maternal morbidity and mortality remain modern-day health care problems.

A spoonful of honey

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but two spoonfuls of honey every 10 minutes on the way to the emergency department can minimize necrotic damage in a child who has ingested a button battery.

Reducing same-day nausea and cognitive decline

In and out the same day might sound nice to patients undergoing ambulatory surgery. But it may put them at a risk of post-discharge nausea and vomiting (PDNV) and post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD).