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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Elastoplast bandages

Surgical Techie

Elastoplast is a brand of adhesive bandages or plasters that are commonly used for minor cuts and wounds. These bandages are made from a flexible and breathable material that conforms to the contours of the skin, providing a comfortable and secure fit. Elastoplast bandages are available in different sizes and shapes to suit various medical […] The post Elastoplast bandages appeared first on Surgicaltechie.com.

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The Benefits of Improved Hospital and Clinic Workflows | Viewpoint

LiveData

As surgical procedures become more complex with new tools and technology, surgeons and perioperative staff are increasingly expected to manage complicated workflows and larger workloads. Hospitals have the opportunity to optimize surgical scheduling and empower surgeons with a balanced workflow to help them use their block time more efficiently. In turn, improved scheduling workflows solve workload bottlenecks in a way that can advance safety, accuracy, and time efficiency for surgeons, nurses,

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Why surgeons who “get it” determine their own destiny

SurgicalPerformance

As surgeons, we have to know. It’s not meant to sound arrogant. But knowing is part of what we do. It’s our job, our responsibility. We know about our patients, their age, general medical health, past surgical and medical history. We know what procedure is required and how to do it. Not knowing anyone of those things puts the patient and you at risk.

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CRNA Program Admissions: The Challenge of High Demand and Intense Rivalry

The CRNA Chase

Securing admission into a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program is no small feat. With a rapidly growing demand for CRNA professionals and a surge in applicants, the competition has become fiercer than ever before. In this blog post, we will dive into the challenges posed by high demand and intense rivalry in CRNA program admissions and explore strategies to overcome them.

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My Last Update as CSA President

Ed Mariano

It is hard to believe, but this is my last report as CSA President! We recently held our CSA annual meeting in San Diego which was organized by annual meeting Chair Dr. Christina Menor. This meeting had a theme of “CSA Connect” and was designed to promote more interactive discussion within committees, opportunities to network and catch up with friends and colleagues, meet new people, and enjoy some time to relax.

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Kidney Donation Bonds Two Veterans Forever

Penn Medicine

While scrolling through social media, Air Force veteran Morgan Slaughter saw a post about another veteran in need. What followed was a selfless act that saved the life of a stranger.

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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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Being a Doctor on Social Media

Mark Raines

In our community, doctors are in a group of people that are held up to a different standard than the rest of the community. I realised that a few years ago when I posted to Facebook a picture of myself holding up a dead feral cat that I had dispatched with an arrow. Someone commented “Doctors should not be killing animals” And I thought I was doing the environment a favour by taking a predator of native animals out of the picture.

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I failed my test/exam/boards… now what? [practical advice for next steps]

Amanda Xi

Today’s inane image of the day : Foliage from last year when I was in a wedding and decided to go on a solo hike. I do not recommend doing this after it has rained, the trail is slippery, you have zero phone service, and no one else was in the parking lot. If you’ve stumbled across this entry, it is likely that either you or someone that you care deeply about has failed some sort of examination.

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The Ultimate Portable Medical Kit: Your Lifeline on the Go!

Surgical Techie

In today’s fast-paced world, having access to proper medical care on the go is essential. Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast, a frequent traveler, or just want to be prepared for emergencies, a portable medical kit is your best friend. In this article, we’ll explore the key components that make up a comprehensive portable medical kit, […] The post The Ultimate Portable Medical Kit: Your Lifeline on the Go!

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Maximizing Surgical Potential: Keys to Recruiting Top Surgeon Talent

LiveData

In today's healthcare environment, hospitals vie for the best surgical talent. This recruitment isn't just about improving the operating room; it influences patient care and outcomes, which are central to a hospital's mission.

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Why a 350% increase in PROMS uptake is a win for patients and surgeons alike_

SurgicalPerformance

Surgeons’ uptake of PROMS in SurgicalPerformance has shot up by 350 percent in the last 12 months. This makes me smile. Because it means many more surgeons are now utilising PROMS surveys to capture the patient perspective compared to the same time last year. And that means that surgeons are starting to ‘get it’ “Get what?”, you may ask.

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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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Surgimate Wrapped: 2023 By the Numbers 

Surgimate

Surgimate’s 2023 Year – Wrapped It’s been a year. At Surgimate, we’re thankful for our peers, customers, and surgical coordinators across the globe. Let’s look at Surgimate’s 2023 year by the numbers. The Surgimate Team Traveled, Grew, And Made A Podcast We may have seen you at one of the 13 industry conferences and events including Momentum, OrthoConnect, NextGen UGM , or Thrive.

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NVIDIA BioNeMo Enables Generative AI for Drug Discovery on AWS

NVIDIA: Healthcare

Researchers and developers at leading pharmaceutical and techbio companies can now easily deploy NVIDIA Clara software and services for accelerated healthcare through Amazon Web Services. Announced today at AWS re:Invent , the initiative gives healthcare and life sciences developers using AWS cloud resources the flexibility to integrate NVIDIA-accelerated offerings such as NVIDIA BioNeMo — a generative AI platform for drug discovery — coming to NVIDIA DGX Cloud on AWS, and currently available vi

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Patient’s Story Puts National Spotlight on Cancer Clinical Trials

Penn Medicine

Both Kate Korson and her mother Marcy are part of the Abramson Cancer Center’s long legacy of clinical research. Kate recently shared her clinical trial experience with a national audience on Good Morning America.

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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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Sorry

Mark Raines

I am proud to be part of the 41% of Australians who felt the status quo was not good enough. For those who voted No how do you plan to make a difference now?

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8 days in the ICU

Amanda Xi

Today’s inane image of the day : Hello from my office! You still work that many days? I’ve been asked whether my schedule is more “humane” or “manageable” now that I’m an attending. The answer is a resounding “yes!”… but , I still have blocks of long weeks. The work never stops being challenging for one reason or another.

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The Groin : Location and Importance in the Human Anatomy

Surgical Techie

The human body is a marvel of complexity, with each part playing a vital role in our overall well-being. Among the many fascinating areas we often overlook is the groin. Nestled between the abdomen and the thigh, the groin is a crucial anatomical region that holds great significance. In this article, we will delve into […] The post The Groin : Location and Importance in the Human Anatomy appeared first on Surgicaltechie.com.

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Three Key Benefits for Hospitals With Real-Time Operating Room Data

LiveData

Systems for managing electronic hospital records (EHR) are critical for recording, storing, and protecting patient data. However, these systems fall short when real-time data is needed, such as in the surgical department. Relying on time-consuming data entry by busy operating room (OR) staff, EHR systems alone simply cannot capture and share the level of information that surgical departments need to keep things running smoothly.

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Who can see what data when I just want to get to know SurgicalPerformance?

SurgicalPerformance

All active clinicians can check out SurgicalPerformance to test it and to determine if it is the right platform for you. All you need to do is to create a free account. Not even a credit card is required at this stage. We are often asked (and rightly so), “What kind of information is captured from users and patients, and who will this information be shared with?

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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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Gen AI for the Genome: LLM Predicts Characteristics of COVID Variants

NVIDIA: Healthcare

A widely acclaimed large language model for genomic data has demonstrated its ability to generate gene sequences that closely resemble real-world variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. Called GenSLMs, the model, which last year won the Gordon Bell special prize for high performance computing-based COVID-19 research, was trained on a dataset of nucleotide sequences — the building blocks of DNA and RNA.

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Surprise Reunion for Penn Trauma with Fallen Combat Surgeon’s Son

Penn Medicine

It was an emotional night for military and civilian staff from the Penn Trauma program when a birthday celebration for the U.S. Navy turned into a surprise reunion with the son of Maj. John P. Pryor, MD.

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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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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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Gaza 2023

Mark Raines

Israel, renewing the stains of its foundation with the blood of Palestine

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Advice for applying to anesthesiology for Match 2024 [and beyond]

Amanda Xi

Today’s inane image of the day : A blast from the past. This was taken in the MGH Ether Dome in the summer of 2016 when I started as an anesthesiology resident. I was so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed back then! A glimpse into competitiveness through Match data It has been almost a decade since I applied to anesthesia residency. It’s crazy how time flies.

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Vannas Scissors: The Must-Have Tool in Ophthalmology

Surgical Techie

Vanna’s scissors have revolutionized the field of ophthalmology, providing surgeons with precise and efficient tools for various eye surgeries. Discover the unique features and benefits of Vanna’s scissors and how they have become a game-changer in enhancing surgical skills in the field of ophthalmology. Vannas Scissors. Vanna’s scissors have quickly become a must-have tool for […] The post Vannas Scissors: The Must-Have Tool in Ophthalmology appeared first on Surgicaltec

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Improving Healthcare with a System of Engagement

LiveData

By improving communication, surgery checklists ensure that the best possible surgical quality is achieved and patient safety is not compromised.

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Who can see what information when you enter cases into SurgicalPerformance?

SurgicalPerformance

Entering cases in SurgicalPerformance requires a small step to join and to start a trial of using it comes at no cost and is obligation-free (not even a credit card is required). However, it is a big step for you or any surgeon to be able to get information about your patients and your clinical profile that you would not be able to get anywhere else.

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