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Perioperative Gabapentin Increases Adverse Clinical Events in Older Adults
According to the findings of the study, gabapentin should not be used on a regular basis. Individualization is required, based on the type of pain and the risk of delirium. If gabapentin is used to control postoperative pain, it must be closely monitored for the development of delirium. Low-dose opioids, along with nonpharmacologic pain management strategies such as postoperative physical therapy and mobilization, can still be used safely in the study population. Rather than relying on a single medication, a more holistic approach to postoperative pain control in the hospital setting is required.
Anesthesiology January 30th 2023
Stigma Adds to the Burden of Lived Chronic Pain
The literature on chronic pain and stigma was reviewed by a group of academics from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, who published their findings in the journal Pain and Therapy. Perhaps most unexpectedly, they discovered that stigma surrounding pain persists even in clinical settings, resulting in clinicians’ inadequate evaluations of patients’ pain, doubt about the reality of their suffering, and lower pain ratings. These factors frequently result in inadequate treatment of pain and a propensity to believe that it is solely a psychological disorder.
Anesthesiology January 18th 2023
Most and Least Debt-Burdened Medical Specialties
These specialties had the highest proportion of doctors still making student loan payments, per the 2022 Medscape report: Emergency Medicine (31%) Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (31%) Pediatrics (31%) Neurology (28%) Otolaryngology (28%) Family Medicine (28%) For the least debt-burdened: Pulmonary Medicine (10%) Public Health & Preventive Medicine (11%) Rheumatology (12%) Diabetes & Endocrinology (15%) Dermatology (16%) Cardiology (16%)
Allergy & Immunology December 5th 2022
“Anesthesiologists Have Ceded Control of the Specialty”
“The perfect storm of lazy MDs, an incompetent ASA and the dramatic taming of the traditionally wild surgical procedures and advances in anesthesia have set up the perfect stage for the aggressive takeover of the specialty by the nursing realm, where it all started in the first space. Today’s MD anesthesiologists have ceded control of the specialty and are rightly a footnote in history—not ‘misunderstood’ at all, as Dr. Sherer would have us believe.”
Anesthesiology November 16th 2022
Perioperative Gabapentin Use and In-Hospital Adverse Clinical Events Among Older Adults After Major Surgery
Gabapentin has been increasingly used as part of a multimodal analgesia regimen to reduce opioid use in perioperative pain management. In this cohort study of 237,872 adults aged 65 years or older, perioperative gabapentin users had significantly increased risk of delirium, new antipsychotic use, and pneumonia compared with nonusers after major surgery.
Anesthesiology October 3rd 2022
Supreme Court Raises Bar for Convicting Doctors of Controlled Substances Act Violations
The recent United States Supreme Court ruling raises the bar for evidence that must be shown by the government in order to successfully prosecute doctors who prescribe excessive dosages of painkillers — a huge win for prescribers.
Anesthesiology September 12th 2022