Anesthesia & Analgesia's supplement for education and dialog

Is acoustic monitoring technology an accurate measure of respiratory rate?

Is acoustic monitoring technology an accurate measure of respiratory rate?

Though not an American Society of Anesthesiologists standard, continuous electronic monitoring of ventilatory rate is important. How well does the Masimo Pulse CO-Oximeter (Masimo Corporation, Irvine, CA) with respiratory acoustic monitoring technology (Masimo RRa™) measure respiratory rate? Drs. Joshua H. Atkins and Jeff E. Mandel, both from the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman […]

Survival after development of malignant hyperthermia improved when core temperature monitoring was used

Survival after development of malignant hyperthermia improved when core temperature monitoring was used

Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is among the most feared complications of general anesthesia. As the name implies, malignant hyperthermia patients get very, very hot. The hotter they get, the more likely they are to die. Does inadequate temperature monitoring contribute to patient mortality? Dr. Marilyn Green Larach, The North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry of the Malignant […]

Is hypnosis more effective than suggestive techniques in reducing postoperative pain?

Is hypnosis more effective than suggestive techniques in reducing postoperative pain?

Suggestive techniques work remarkably well for pain. Every child knows that an ouchie feels better after mom or dad gives it a kiss. Every pain researcher knows that placebos work, even though it is only through the suggestion that the patient may receive an active pain medicine. Not only are placebo’s effective analgesics, but in […]

When do patients become hypoxic in the PACU?

When do patients become hypoxic in the PACU?

When are patients at risk for hypoxia in the PACU? The answer can help ascertain when an anesthesiologist should staff the area. Dr. Richard H. Epstein, Department of Anesthesiology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and colleagues from the Division of Management Consulting, Department of Anesthesia, University of Iowa, Iowa City, […]

A&A Case Reports: MEDLINE indexing

A&A Case Reports: MEDLINE indexing

We have great news: LWW has just contacted AA2day to say they have received a letter confirming that A&A Case Reports has been accepted for MEDLINE® indexing. What does this mean? All articles will be indexed retroactively to the start of publication. A&A Case Reports will receive an Impact Factor. We expect that indexing will increase […]

December 2014: Anesthesia & Analgesia

December 2014: Anesthesia & Analgesia

The December issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia has just posted. Dr. Steven Shafer, editor-in-chief, Anesthesia & Analgesia: Larach and colleagues (Malignant Hyperthermia Deaths Related to Inadequate Temperature Monitoring, 2007–2012: A Report from The North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States) demonstrate that continuous core temperature monitoring is the most critical […]