Anesthesiologists are an Important Part of a Hospital System

Anesthesiologist groups are intergral part of hospital systems. This video outlines the importance of one Anesthesiologist group for a hospital as told by the Physicians who depend on this group to protect and care for their patients.

Parents who smoke try harder to quit when their child has surgery

According to a new study, parents who smoke are more likely to try to kick the habit if their child is having surgery.

The study conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and published in the July issue ofAnesthesiology included 1,112 children who lived with at least one person who smoked in the home.

According to the study, there was an increased likelihood that the parent would try to quit smoking if their child or they themselves had surgery. The parents were more likely to succeed in quitting if they were the ones having surgery. No matter the circumstance, this can be a good opportunity for doctors to step in and offer help.

About one in seven U.S. children who undergo surgery are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, according to researchers. Prior studies have found that exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of respiratory complications associated with anesthesia. In adults, smoking after surgery has been shown to increase the risks of lung cancer and cardiac complications and infections to the wound.

“Our current findings suggest that having a child undergo surgery can serve as a teachable moment for quit attempts,” study author Dr. David O. Warner said in a news release from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. “The scheduling of children for surgery may present us with an opportunity to provide tobacco interventions to parents, who are apparently more motivated to at least try to quit – but who need assistance to succeed.”

If you are a parent who smokes, talk to your doctor about the best ways to quit before you or your child has surgery. Secondhand smoke can add too many complications to post surgery when a patient only needs to heal. Your doctor can help.

Sources:
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/respiratory-disorders/articles/2011/06/30/a-childs-surgery-may-prompt-parents-to-try-to-quit-smoking

Baby Boomers Suffering From “Boomeritis”

Bad knees, worn-out hips and sore shoulders are common aliments of elderly people but in recent years these aliments have become an issue with Baby Boomers (47-65 year olds), spawning a boom in operations to fix them. According to recent news reports, knee replacement surgeries have doubled over the last decade and more than tripled with the Boomer generation and hip surgeries are trending that way too.

What Does Board Certified Really Mean?

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Doctorate of Nursing degrees blur the lines between Doctor and Nurse

As the impending shortage of Primary-Care Physicians continues to grow many are trying to find a solution to this problem. Nursing professionals have come up with an answer and it’s called Dr. Nurse. That’s right, Dr. Nurse. More than 200 schools offer, or are planning to offer, doctorate of nursing degrees. According to these schools, the degree will make Doctors of Nursing equivalent to Primary-Care Physicians. The obvious issue here is that nurses with doctorate degrees do not go to medical school. The two-year doctorate program includes a one-year residency and is supposed to create “hybrid practitioners” with more skills, knowledge and training than a nurse practitioner with a master’s degree.  But these Doctors of Nursing are still missing the crucial component of medical school. Currently, there is no national standard for Doctors of Nursing but the non-profit Council for the Advancement of Comprehensive Care announced that the National Board of Medical Examiners has agreed to develop the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) certification exam based on the same test physicians take to qualify for a medical license. Beginning this fall the exam will be administered by the board, and by 2015 the doctoral degree may by the standard for all..