Surgery

Steps outlined to reduce postop delirium in older adults

(HealthDay)—In an article published online Jan. 4 in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, six recommendations are presented that can be implemented by anesthesiologists and their partners to reduce the incidence of delirium.

Medical economics

Out-of-network claims fairly common for elective colonoscopy

(HealthDay)—Out-of-network claims were incurred by 12.1 percent of commercially insured patients who underwent elective colonoscopy between 2012 and 2017, according to a study published online Oct. 12 in the Annals of Internal ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Anesthesiologists shift practice from OR to ICU during pandemic

(HealthDay)—During the current new coronavirus pandemic, a large number of physician anesthesiologists pivoted from working in the operating room to treating COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, according to the results ...

Surgery

Study spotlights risks in anesthesiologist handoffs

Most patients are totally unaware that the anesthesiologist who put them under for surgery might not be the same one who brings them out even though that 'handoff' between the two doctors has been linked to a series of negative ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Visual analogue scale valid for assessing pediatric anxiety

(HealthDay)—A visual analogue scale (VAS) score is valid for assessing anxiety among children during induction of anesthesia, according to a study published online July 14 in Pediatric Anesthesia.

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Anesthesiologist

An anesthesiologist (US English) or anaesthetist (British English) is a physician trained in anesthesia and peri-operative medicine.

However, in the United Kingdom, the term anaesthetist has a broader context and can include both medical and non-medical practitioners—although the latter are often referred to as anaesthetic practitioners. The source further defines an anesthesiologist in the USA as a physician who completes an accredited residency program in anesthesiology, usually four years following medical school. Training in other countries is significantly longer. A nurse anesthetist is a nurse who has acquired graduate-level education and board certification in anesthesia, and may work under the supervision of a physician. Anesthesiologists may administer anesthesia directly or as part of an anesthesia team consisting of nurse anesthetists or anesthesiologist assistants.

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