Color-coded drug storage trays may cut medication errors

(HealthDay)—Color-coded compartmentalized "rainbow trays" used for anesthetic drug preparation and storage may improve patient safety, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in Anaesthesia.


Pre-op accelerometry can assess cardiopulmonary fitness

(HealthDay)—For patients scheduled for major surgery, preoperative accelerometry can assess cardiopulmonary fitness and act as a supplement to formal cardiopulmonary exercise tests, according to a study published online ...


Pre-op liraglutide cuts post-op plasma glucose in T2DM

(HealthDay)—For patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus undergoing non-cardiac surgery, premedication with liraglutide is associated with reduced median plasma glucose one hour postoperatively, according to a study published ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Ketamine not linked to PTSD in military trauma setting

(HealthDay)—Ketamine administration is not associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the military trauma setting, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in Anaesthesia.


Pre-op methylprednisolone beneficial in knee arthroplasty

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing elective unilateral total knee arthroplasty, preoperative administration of methylprednisolone is associated with reduced circulating markers of endothelial activation and damage, according ...


Patient-controlled analgesia reduces pain at higher cost

(HealthDay)—For patients presenting to the emergency department in pain, who are subsequently admitted to the hospital, the cost per hour in moderate or severe pain averted is higher for patient-controlled analgesia versus ...


Eight pre-op variables linked to post-op kidney function

(HealthDay)—For adults undergoing surgery, eight preoperative variables, including low preoperative mean arterial blood pressure, are associated with postoperative kidney function, according to a study published online ...


Laryngoscopy skills worsen after month without practice

(HealthDay)—Laryngoscopy skill performance levels change after one month without practice, with worse consistency for C-MAC and A.P. Advance, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in Anaesthesia.


Thin-walled needle best for subclavian catheterization

(HealthDay)—A thin-walled introducer needle is recommended for right-sided infraclavicular subclavian venous catheterization, with lower catheterization-related complication rates and higher initial and overall success ...

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