In the largest prospective (longitudinal) study to date, UK anesthesiologists reported yesterday that antibiotics are the most common cause of life-threatening anaphylaxis related to anesthesia and surgery, with teicoplanin spotlighted as a drug of special concern. Scientists with the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) published the sixth National Audit Project (NAP6) report, which includes 3 years of data and involved identifying and investigating every case of life-threatening anaphylaxis that occurred in…

Newswise — CHICAGO — The distance a patient can walk in 6-minutes before a heart operation may be a clue to whether that patient will develop problems with memory, concentration, and attention after the procedure, according to a study published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Broadly speaking, a decline in cognitive performance after surgery is known as postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). With POCD, a patient’s mental aptitude is weaker after…

Today, March 1 is an anniversary of sorts for me. It was 58 years ago when I entered the nurse anesthesiology education program at St Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. It was an 18-month diploma program, where we went into the OR the first day and were dropping ether to anesthetize children for T & A surgery. The first thing we learned was the signs and stages of anesthesia and how…

Recently, I was at a social event with people who were not members of the medical profession. The common question asked when you meet someone new is, “What do you do for a living?” My answer, “I am a nurse anesthetist.” The lovely woman, then said, “Oh, do you do facials, botox and injections?” Obviously, she was thinking that I was an aesthetician. “No, I am a nurse anesthesiologist.” I finally…

Among the many changes and future plans for healthcare is the general concept of Telehealth. This short blog will present some insights into this topic. How should our profession be part of the process and what are some concerns? What is telehealth? According to the American Telemedicine Association, telehealth encompasses a range of services, from health monitoring and patient consultation to the transmission of medical records. It’s more broadly defined as…

Welcome to Anesthesia Business Academy, a new non-profit membership organization for CRNAs and SRNAs. Please look around the website and make comments in the areas where indicated. We are also encouraging you to utilize the Members Only, Anesthesia Business Academy Facebook Group, where we encourage questions and discussion. The Members Only Group may be accessed within your Anesthesia Business Academy Member Dashboard. One course is up and active at this time and…

This new endeavor, Anesthesia Business Academy is the fulfillment of my dream to educate CRNAs and SRNAs in the business and economics of anesthesia. It is for all CRNAs, no matter their practice setting or time in the profession.