December, 2023

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True confessions….

Mark Raines

Ring block only works with one of these solutions. “Ooh doctor that still hurts” “I’ll give it another 10.5 seconds and try again” “Ooh… ” “Hmm” I felt sick in the stomach. I had made a mistake. I had tried to pull off a toenail without anaesthetic on someone’s Grandma. I thought she was being overly whingy putting in the block.

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Reflections from 2023: my greatest achievement, travel, work boundaries and modern dating

Amanda Xi

Today’s inane image of the day : When a beautiful fall weekend presented itself, I went on a roadtrip to Western Massachusetts. All the leaves had already fallen, but it was a beautiful hike nonetheless. I keep telling myself I will get back into blogging regularly but the words don’t flow the way they used to. The further along in my career I get [and the older I get], the more it seems “risky” to pour my heart and soul out to the internet.

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Autism study could open new possibilities for parents, caregivers

Penn Medicine

A Penn Medicine research study, which recently secured a $3.8 million grant, has the potential to transform the services that are available to young children with autism in Philadelphia.

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Ear-resistible: 5 AI Podcast Episodes That Perked Up Listeners in 2023

NVIDIA: Healthcare

NVIDIA’s AI Podcast had its best year yet — with a record-breaking 1.2 million plays in 2023 and each biweekly episode now drawing more than 30,000 listens. Among tech’s top podcasts, the AI Podcast has racked up more than 200 episodes and nearly 5 million total plays since its debut in 2016. Listeners across the globe tune in for smart interviews on generative AI , large language models , as well as more offbeat topics like how AI is tackling challenges like building a self-driving baby strolle

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Looking Back At 2023

RK.MD

2023 was honestly just a weird year. The stock market was all over the place. Interest rates skyrocketed. International conflict became more and more disconcerting. The only thing that seemed stable was my clinical work. I was humbled also to be selected as one of the associate medical directors of our new Master of Science in Anesthesia program at UTHealth – McGovern Medical School.

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Applying to Surgery as an International Medical Student or Graduate: Tips and  Advice

Association of Women Surgeons

By Maria Vashchenko Navigating the competitive nature of applying to a specialty like Surgery as an International Medical Student … Continue reading "Applying to Surgery as an International Medical Student or Graduate: Tips and Advice"

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Testosterone Pellets vs Injections: A Comprehensive Comparison

Trocar Supplies

Testosterone injections have provided significant relief for men and women struggling with hormonal imbalances. However, the injections do have some drawbacks. An alternative is available – testosterone pellets – that addresses many of these drawbacks by metering out the rate of absorption over time. There are several things to consider when looking at testosterone injections vs pellets.

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Cancer Survivor Comforts Patients with Reiki

Penn Medicine

Reiki Master and cancer survivor Vince Gilhool has provided over 6,700 hours of volunteer Reiki sessions to patients. He says it’s been the greatest privilege to watch a patient become relaxed in a session — even if they can’t explain why.

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Disability After Surgery

Radius Anesthesia

Older individuals contemplating surgery often express concerns regarding potential complications, returning home, and the anticipated improvement in their quality of life. Notably, the avoidance of new or worsening disability becomes a paramount consideration with advancing age. To better guide patients, clinicians must not only discuss surgical success rates but also apprise them of the likelihood of developing new or worsening disability after surgery.

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Need Extra Cash? Consider These Side Hustles for Nurses.

Incredible Health

Nursing positions pay well, but sometimes you need extra cash, don’t want to limit yourself to patient care, or just feel the need to explore something different. If any of those descriptions resonate with you, you may want to consider picking up a side hustle to supplement your income, let you explore your creativity, or […] The post Need Extra Cash?

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Diphenhydramine in the Perioperative Setting

DFW Anesthesia Professionals

Diphenhydramine, commonly known as Benadryl, is an antihistamine widely used in various clinical settings, including perioperative care. Its primary function is to block the effects of histamine in the body, which can be particularly useful in managing allergic reactions and in sedation protocols. In the perioperative setting, diphenhydramine finds its application in several areas, which include preoperative sedation, adjunct to anesthesia, postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) management, an

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Consequences of Hypernatremia

Cardiac and General Anesthesiology

Hypernatremia and the resulting hyperosmolar state impact various bodily functions. One well-known consequence is its influence on neurological function. The occurrence of hypernatremia and subsequent hyperosmolality triggers a movement of free water from within cells to the extracellular space. This shift results in the shrinkage of brain cells, potentially leading to vascular rupture and persistent neurological impairments in severe cases.

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Four-time Pima Medical Graduate’s Story is One of Inspiration and Success

Pima Medical Institute

Leslie Berg is a four-time graduate of Pima Medical Institute. Her path is not a common one. She started by earning her Phlebotomy certificate and then completed her Respiratory Therapy associate degree. Through trials, tribulations and personal tragedy, she continued to earn her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, and finally her Nursing associate degree.

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Dr. Stephen Dewan Named 2023 TCMS Physician of the Year

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons

CTVS is proud to announce that Dr. Stephen J. Dewan has been honored as this year’s Travis County Medical Society Physician of the Year for 2023. The Travis County Medical Society (TCMS) is a professional society of more than 4,000 physician members in and around Austin who are dedicated to causes affecting the local medical community. Dr.

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Tips for Proper Trocar Insertion

Trocar Supplies

Hormone pellet insertion is a useful way to provide men and women with effective hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The placement of the trocar during the pellet procedure plays an important role in the success of the treatment, so practitioners should be well-versed in proper trocar placement for different patients. Here’s what to know about the best HRT trocar placement sites, how to choose the right size trocar kit, and effective techniques for patient insertion.

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Top Tips for Filing Taxes as a Nurse

Incredible Health

Despite the joys that the arrival of spring heralds, it also evokes thoughts of tax season, with all of its negative associations. Adding tax filing to nurses’ already stressful schedules virtually guarantees stress and headaches. The good news is that we’re here to help! We’ve created a guide to help you navigate the tax filing […] The post Top Tips for Filing Taxes as a Nurse appeared first on Incredible Health.

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The Influence of Neostigmine on Early Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction

DFW Anesthesia Professionals

Neostigmine, a well-known anticholinesterase medication, has been extensively used in the medical field, particularly in the management of myasthenia gravis and as an antidote for anticholinergic poisoning. However, its influence on cognitive functions, especially in the context of early postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), has become a subject of increasing interest among researchers and clinicians.

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Medical Missions: SpecialtyCare Team Members Serve in Honduras and Barbados

SpecialtyCare

This year, some of our team members at SpecialtyCare have been involved in trips where they take their medical skills to developing nations to provide care and relief to those who are suffering from treatable conditions. We spoke to two team members, Devon King and Tom Boucher, about their experiences on medical mission trips. Devon went to Honduras, and Tom went to Barbados — specifically to perform surgical interventions to correct scoliosis.

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What are the basic Surgical Instruments of the Spine?

Jalal Surgical

What is the meaning of Spine Surgery? Spinal surgery is a medical procedure performed to address various conditions affecting the spine , including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and deformities. Spine surgery’s primary goal is to relieve pain, increase mobility, and improve the overall function of your spine. Surgeons may employ different techniques, such as spinal fusion or discectomy , depending on the nature and severity of the spinal issue.

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How (Not) to Approach Mentorship: A Neurosurgeon’s Perspective

Neurosurgery

“I’m happy to write a letter of recommendation for you, but you should know that I will only mentor you if you decide to stay here for the summer…” This was my introduction to mentorship as a first-year medical student. The offer was straightforward, and as a first-generation student without any external mentors, I took the opportunity and applied for a summer American Association of Neurological Surgeons Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation grant to work with a neurosurgeon-scientis

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Announcing CTVS Texas Monthly Super Doctors for 2023

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons

At this time of year we reflect on all that we are grateful for as a practice, and among those are always the accolades we receive from our medical peers and the patients who we serve. To that end, once again, CTVS is proud to announce that several of our physicians have been named as 2023 Super Doctors and Super Doctors Rising Stars in Texas Monthly.

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Student Loan Forgiveness for Nurses 2024

Incredible Health

Higher education is expensive, and getting a nursing degree is no exception. Like many others pursuing a degree, many nurses take out loans, hoping that their income will be high enough for them to be able to pay them off quickly. Unfortunately, debt can become a significant financial burden for nurses, causing them to either pursue […] The post Student Loan Forgiveness for Nurses 2024 appeared first on Incredible Health.

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The Various Types of Inhaled Anesthetics

DFW Anesthesia Professionals

Inhaled anesthetics are a class of drugs used in surgery to induce and maintain general anesthesia. They work by causing reversible loss of consciousness and insensitivity to pain. These agents are diverse, each with unique properties, advantages, and disadvantages, making them suitable for different types of surgeries and patient populations. The earliest inhaled anesthetics included substances like diethyl ether and nitrous oxide, introduced in the 19th century.

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ECMO Success Story: Baby Theo Recovers from Severe Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

SpecialtyCare

ECMO therapy can offer life-saving intervention for those suffering from a respiratory crisis. The use of ECMO has increased in recent years, largely due to the prevalence of diseases like COVID-19 and the flu, but also because of innovations in the field and higher adoption across medical systems. ECMO is often used for patients who are critically ill.

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What are tools And instruments used for Adult Male circumcision?

Jalal Surgical

What Is CIRCUMCISION sURGERY? Circumcision surgery is a medical procedure that involves the removal of the foreskin , the fold of skin covering the head (glans) of the penis. This surgical intervention is one of the oldest and most common procedures worldwide, often performed for cultural, religious, or medical reasons. The surgery can be carried out in various ways, with techniques such as the Gomco clamp, the Plastibell device, and the Mogen clamp being commonly employed.

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On the Brink: AI and Technology Will Change Healthcare Cybersecurity Forever

CNECT

We’re living through a period of unprecedented technological progress. Though the world of dial-up internet, cassette tapes, and huge CRT televisions seems like a distant memory, I have to remind myself that it was less than 25 years ago. Now, technology permeates every facet of our lives. Historically, the healthcare industry has been slow to adopt new technology.

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Athletes and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a condition our board certified vascular surgeons often see at the start of the new year when people are eager to get in shape and work out more. It is not uncommon, however, that we see this serious condition all year round in dedicated athletes.

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Will You Need PT After Surgery?

Nashville Anesthesia Professionals

The relationship between physical therapy (PT) and recovery from surgery is complicated; whether there is a need for it after surgery is informed by several factors such as age, type of surgery and type of PT. Many types of surgery don’t need PT after at all, in fact. The need is larger when the surgery affects the musculoskeletal system in particular.

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Theories and Mechanisms of Aging 

DFW Anesthesia Professionals

Humanity has undoubtedly made amazing strides in civilization, knowledge, and technology; nonetheless, the mysteries that control the human lifespan have yet to be unraveled. Medical tests, treatments, and innovations allow people to live longer than before, but age-related changes and conditions continue to exist, and are even exacerbated in some cases.

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Cost of College: Comprehensive Guide to College Expenses

Nebraska Methodist College

Dive into a detailed breakdown of college expenses. From tuition to fees, learn about the costs of higher education at Nebraska Methodist College.

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How Can Pelvic Floor Therapy Improve Sexual Function?

USMD Health System

Find relief from pelvic floor dysfunction through noninvasive pelvic floor therapy. Explore your options and take a step toward a healthier you.

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Emergency staff are on a mission: Know My Name

Penn Medicine

How a group of emergency department staff at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center found an innovative project to foster equity and inclusion in the workplace.

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Hard Conversations: What Is the Best Approach to Handling Patient Cancellations

Surgimate

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the unexpected can throw a wrench into even the most carefully laid plans — including scheduled surgery procedures. Work conflicts, family emergencies, or just a bad day can lead patients to no-shows. But, there are strategic approaches to handling patient cancellations when they happen. Reasons Why Patients Cancel Appointments It seems like everyone is living a busy life these days, so it’s understandable that — occasionally — a surgery may nee

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Knowing Me, Knowing You: Can We Proxy Surgical Team Familiarity?

Incision

A successful surgery is a product of the interdisciplinary interactions of the surgical team. A harmonious team runs like a well-oiled machine, each member aligned and in sync with the others. In the second of this 2-part blog, we explore the mechanics of surgical teamwork to give a new take on the concept of team familiarity. By breaking this down into its key attributes, can we leverage the improved outcomes that come with more consistent and experienced teams?

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Point of Care Gastric Ultrasound to Assess Full Stomach  in the Perioperative Setting

DFW Anesthesia Professionals

Point of Care Gastric Ultrasound (PoCGUS) is a rapidly emerging technique in the perioperative setting, particularly for assessing stomach fullness, which is crucial in determining the risk of aspiration during anesthesia. This technique is gaining traction due to its non-invasive nature and the immediacy of results, providing anesthesiologists with critical information about gastric content and volume in real time.

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The Transformative Power of Mentorship: Establishing a Personal Board of Directors

Neurosurgery

Stepping into the inaugural American Society of Black Neurosurgeons (ASBN) dinner in 2022, surrounded by almost 30 Black neurosurgeons, residents and medical students, was an indescribable experience. In that room, I encountered past program neurosurgery department chairs and senior attendings, who welcomed me into the fold with open arms. The presence of such accomplished individuals who shared my background and experiences left an indelible impact on me.

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Notice to all Virginia Members!

NSAA

The 2023 Session of the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1147 and House Bill 1426 which authorize the Board of Medicine to require its licensees to complete up to 2 hours of Continuing Education (CE) training on a specific topic for license renewal. The law requires that the first such required training be on the subject of Human Trafficking. At its October 19, 2023 meeting, the full Board of Medicine thoroughly discussed this new law and voted to require 1 hour of CE in Human Trafficking for