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January 2011 Briefing - Anesthesiology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Anesthesiology for January 2011. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Face Transplant Costs Similar to Multiple Reconstructions

MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of facial transplant is similar to multiple conventional reconstructions, according to a case report of the first U.S. face transplant published in the February issue of the American Journal of Transplantation.

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Electronic Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health records (EHRs) and clinical decision support (CDS) do not appear to improve the quality of clinical care, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Multimodal Analgesia Important in Spine Surgery

FRIDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A multimodal analgesic therapy is important during preoperative visits of minimally invasive spine surgery patients, according to a review of methods published in the Dec. 15 issue of Spine.

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CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities

THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Among Americans, disparities in income, race and ethnicity, gender, and other social attributes have an impact on whether an individual is healthy or ill or will die prematurely, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released as a supplement to the Jan. 14 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents

MONDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of burnout and risk for burnout are high in physicians, particularly residents, and more than a quarter of anesthesiology chairs meet criteria for high burnout, according to two articles published in the January issue of Anesthesiology.

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Cerebral Oxygen Predicts Risks in Cardiac Surgery Patients

MONDAY, Jan. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Low preoperative cerebral oxygen saturation (ScO2) may be predictive of adverse outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, according to research published in the January issue of Anesthesiology.

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