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Regional Anesthesia Technique Reduces Pain, Opioid Use After Surgery

Women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer experience improved postsurgical pain relief and reduced opioid consumption when given a pectoralis nerve plane (PECS) block prior to surgery, suggests research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2018 annual meeting.

The PECS block is a newer regional anesthesia technique that works by injecting long-acting anesthetics, guided by ultrasound, to numb the front of the chest wall before surgical incision. 

The Impact Of Insurance Coverage On Transferred Patients

University of Minnesota Medical School researchers seek to identify the relationship between insurance coverage and the mortality rate of patients transferred between hospitals. Recently published in the  Journal of General Internal Medicine  Insurance Coverage Predicts Mortality in Patients Transferred Between Hospitals: a Cross-Sectional Study, found that patients without insurance are more likely to be transferred earlier in the process, more frequently from the emergency department, and had higher mortality

Driving Anxiety Experienced By Many Older Adults

Driving anxiety is experienced by many older adults in New Zealand, especially among women and those aged over 70, recent collaborative research shows. In a nationwide survey of 1170 drivers aged 65 and over, researchers from the University of Otago, Massey University and the University of Auckland found 62.3% reported no driving anxiety, 27% reported mild driving anxiety and 10.7 endorsed more moderate to extreme levels.

Intensive Care Survival not linked to calorie intake

Increasing the calorie intake for an intensive care patient does not improve their chances of survival. Presented on Monday afternoon at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) congress in Paris, the study involved almost 4,000 patients across 46 intensive care units (ICUs) in Australia and New Zealand.

Optimal calorie delivery during critical illness is uncertain and patients typically receive only 50-60% recommended requirements.