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Anesthesia information management systems

David A Watters, Glenn D Guest, Viliami Tangi, Mark G Shrime, John G Meara
Progress in achieving "universal access to safe, affordable surgery, and anesthesia care when needed" is dependent on consensus not only about the key messages but also on what metrics should be used to set goals and measure progress. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery not only achieved consensus on key messages but also recommended 6 key metrics to inform national surgical plans and monitor scale-up toward 2030. These metrics measure access to surgery, as well as its timeliness, safety, and affordability: (1) Two-hour access to the 3 Bellwether procedures (cesarean delivery, emergency laparotomy, and management of an open fracture); (2) Surgeon, Anesthetist, and Obstetrician workforce >20/100,000; (3) Surgical volume of 5000 procedures/100,000; (4) Reporting of perioperative mortality rate; and (5 and 6) Risk rates of catastrophic expenditure and impoverishment when requiring surgery...
April 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Haydn Hoffman, Robert Ziechmann, Timothy Beutler, Brendon Verhave, Lawrence S Chin
Chronic subdural hematoma (cSDH) is a common condition that disproportionately affects older patients. Given the greater risks of general anesthesia in this population, interest has turned towards less invasive surgical approaches such as the subdural evacuating port system (SEPS; Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN). There is a relative dearth of information about the outcomes following this procedure. Here, we present our institution's experience with SEPS and analyze factors associated with the outcomes. Using a prospectively maintained institutional database, we retrospectively identified all patients who presented with cSDH and received first line therapy with SEPS...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Kevin K Tremper, Jenny J Mace, Jan M Gombert, Theodore T Tremper, Justin F Adams, James P Bagian
BACKGROUND: This paper describes the design of a multifunction alerting display for intraoperative anesthetic care. The design was inspired by the multifunction primary flight display used in modern aviation. RESULTS: The display retrieves live data from multiple sources; the physiologic monitors, the anesthesia information management system, the laboratory values and comorbidities from patient's problem summary list, medical history or history & physical. This information is integrated into a display composed of readily identifiable icons of organ systems, which are color coded to signify normal range, marginal range, abnormal range (by green, yellow, red respectively) and orange outlines for comorbidities/risk factors...
February 5, 2018: BMC Anesthesiology
Joseph M Neal, Crystal M Woodward, T Kyle Harrison
The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) periodically revises and updates its checklist for the management of local anesthetic systemic toxicity. The 2017 update replaces the 2012 version and reflects new information contained in the third ASRA Practice Advisory on Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity. Electronic copies of the ASRA checklist can be downloaded from the ASRA Web site ( for inclusion in local anesthetic toxicity rescue kits or perioperative checklist repositories...
February 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Aniruddha Ramesh Janai, Wilfried Bellinghausen, Edwin Turton, Carmine Bevilacqua, Waseem Zakhary, Martin Kostelka, Farhad Bakhtiary, Joerg Hambsch, Ingo Daehnert, Florian Loeffelbein, Joerg Ender
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to highlight anesthetic and perioperative management and the outcomes of infants with complete atrioventricular (AV) canal defects. DESIGN: This retrospective descriptive study included children who underwent staged and primary biventricular repair for complete AV canal defects from 1999 to 2013. SETTING: A single-center study at a university affiliated heart center. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred and fifty-seven patients with a mean age at surgery of 125 ± 56...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Jonathan Lipps, Lori Meyers, Scott Winfield, Michael Durda, Vedat Yildiz, Michael Kushelev
INTRODUCTION: Although the benefits of using cognitive aids in anesthesia care have previously been demonstrated, several challenges remain. It must be presented in a timely manner, and providers must be amenable to using the tool once it is available. We hypothesized that anesthesia residents would perform superiorly when presented with a digital cognitive aid (DCogA) that is automatically triggered by a set vital sign aberration. METHODS: Thirty anesthesia residents were randomized to either control (with access to hard copy of the cognitive aid) or receive a DCogA projected on their anesthesia information management system with the onset of heart block and associated hypotension...
December 2017: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Yu-Hua Yan, Chih-Ming Kung, Yi Chen
BACKGROUND: This study centered on differences in medical costs, using the Taiwan diagnosis-related groups (Tw-DRGs) on medical resource utilization in inguinal hernia repair (IHR) in hospitals with different ownership to provide suitable reference information for hospital administrators. METHODS: The 2010-2011 data for three hospitals under different ownership were extracted from the Taiwan National Health Insurance claims database. A retrospective method was applied to analyze the age, sex, length of stay, diagnosis and surgical procedure code, and the change in financial risk of medical costs in IHR cases after introduction of Tw-DRGs...
November 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
Jason T Bouhenguel, David A Preiss, Richard D Urman
Non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) encounters comprise a significant fraction of contemporary anesthesia practice. With the implemention of an aneshtesia information management system (AIMS), anesthesia practitioners can better streamline preoperative assessment, intraoperative automated documentation, real-time decision support, and remote surveillance. Despite the large personal and financial commitments involved in adoption and implementation of AIMS and other electronic health records in these settings, the benefits to safety, efficacy, and efficiency are far too great to be ignored...
December 2017: Anesthesiology Clinics
David B Wax, Patrick J McCormick, Thomas T Joseph, Matthew A Levin
BACKGROUND: Anesthesia information management systems make prior anesthesia records readily available for review when patients return for a subsequent procedure but may create a problem of too much documentation to review in a limited amount of time. We implemented a screening tool to facilitate the identification of critical documentation for review. METHODS: An algorithm was developed to electronically search prior anesthesia records for predefined critical events and flag records containing these events...
June 22, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Allan F Simpao, Mohamed A Rehman
Anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) have evolved from simple, automated intraoperative record keepers in a select few institutions to widely adopted, sophisticated hardware and software solutions that are integrated into a hospital's electronic health record system and used to manage and document a patient's entire perioperative experience. AIMS implementations have resulted in numerous billing, research, and clinical benefits, yet there remain challenges and areas of potential improvement to AIMS utilization...
October 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Jakob Louis Demant Thomsen, Ole Mathiesen, Daniel Hägi-Pedersen, Lene Theil Skovgaard, Doris Østergaard, Jens Engbaek, Mona Ring Gätke
BACKGROUND: Muscle relaxants facilitate endotracheal intubation under general anesthesia and improve surgical conditions. Residual neuromuscular blockade occurs when the patient is still partially paralyzed when awakened after surgery. The condition is associated with subjective discomfort and an increased risk of respiratory complications. Use of an objective neuromuscular monitoring device may prevent residual block. Despite this, many anesthetists refrain from using the device. Efforts to increase the use of objective monitoring are time consuming and require the presence of expert personnel...
October 6, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
Anne-Lee J Hoorweg, Wietze Pasma, Leo van Wolfswinkel, Jurgen C de Graaff
BACKGROUND: Vital parameter data collected in anesthesia information management systems are often used for clinical research. The validity of this type of research is dependent on the number of artifacts. METHODS: In this prospective observational cohort study, the incidence of artifacts in anesthesia information management system data was investigated in children undergoing anesthesia for noncardiac procedures. Secondary outcomes included the incidence of artifacts among deviating and nondeviating values, among the anesthesia phases, and among different anesthetic techniques...
September 29, 2017: Anesthesiology
Grant H Kruger, Amy Shanks, Sachin Kheterpal, Tyler Tremper, Chi-Jung Chiang, Robert E Freundlich, James M Blum, Albert J Shih, Kevin K Tremper
The American Society of Anesthesiologists Standards for Basic Monitoring recommends blood pressure (BP) measurement every 5 min. Research has shown distractions or technical factors can cause prolonged measurement intervals exceeding 5 min. We investigated the relationship between prolonged non-invasive BP (NIBP) measurement interval and the incidence of hypotension, detected post-interval. Our secondary outcome was to determine independent predictors of these prolonged NIBP measurement intervals. Retrospective data were analyzed from 139,509 general anesthesia cases from our institution's Anesthesia Information Management System (AIMS)...
September 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Thomas Anthony Anderson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Heart rate variability (HRV) is a measure of the balance between both the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system and may provide useful information for anesthesia care providers. HRV may offer predictive information about critically ill and operative patients. Further, HRV collection provides real-time information of patient autonomic nervous system status and may allow tailoring of the analgesia for patients in the ICU and operating room. RECENT FINDINGS: Reduced and abnormal resting HRV predict sudden and nonsudden cardiac death...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Robert E Freundlich, Jesse M Ehrenfeld
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Perioperative informatics tools continue to be developed at a rapid pace and offer clinicians the potential to greatly enhance clinical decision making. The goal of this review is to bring the reader updates on perioperative information management and discuss future research directions in the field. RECENT FINDINGS: Clinical decision support tools become more timely, accurate, and, in some instances, have been shown to improve patient outcomes...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Jonathan P Wanderer, David M Gratch, Paul St Jacques, Luis I Rodriquez, Richard H Epstein
BACKGROUND: Anesthesia information management systems (AIMSs) have been effectively used to improve quality in anesthesia care, and have enabled the development of mandatory quality assurance (QA) reporting systems for adverse events (AEs). While this approach has been shown to increase event reporting over time, the long-term effect of such a system on quality is unknown. We investigated the trends in AE reporting over time after implementing AIMS-based mandatory reporting systems at 2 academic medical centers...
August 30, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Preetha Balaji, S M Balaji
Gingival fibromatosis with hypertrichosis syndrome is an extremely rare genetic condition characterized by profound overgrowth of hair and gums, as well as other variable features. Gingival fibromatosis is characterized by a large increase in the gingival dimension which extends above the dental crowns, covering them partially or completely. They were found to have a genetic origin, may also occur in isolation or be part of a syndrome, or acquired origin, due to specific drugs administered systemically. Congenital generalized hypertrichosis is a heterogeneous group of diseases with continuing excessive growth of terminal hair without androgenic stimulation...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
Richard H Epstein, Franklin Dexter, David M Gratch, David A Lubarsky
BACKGROUND: When electronic anesthesia records are compared to pharmacy transactions, discrepancies in total doses of controlled drugs are commonly found (≈16% of cases), potentially affecting patient safety and placing hospitals at risk for regulatory action. Errors (≈5%) persisted even with near real-time drug reconciliation feedback to providers. A study was conducted to test the hypothesis of greater risks of discrepancy for longer-duration cases and for intraoperative handoff involving a permanent handoff of care...
August 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Roman Dudaryk, Danielle K Bodzin, Juliet J Ray, Craig S Jabaley, Richard R McNeer, Richard H Epstein
BACKGROUND: End-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) is a valuable marker of the return of adequate circulation after cardiac arrest due to medical causes. Previously, the prognostic value of capnography in trauma has been studied among limited populations in prehospital and emergency department settings. We aimed to investigate the relationship between early intraoperative EtCO2 and nonsurvival of patients undergoing emergency surgery at a level 1 academic trauma center as a case series. If there is a threshold below which survival was extremely unlikely, it might be useful in guiding decision-making in the early termination of futile resuscitative efforts...
October 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Xiaochu Yu, Jingmei Jiang, Changwei Liu, Keng Shen, Zixing Wang, Wei Han, Xingrong Liu, Guole Lin, Ye Zhang, Ying Zhang, Yufen Ma, Haixin Bo, Yupei Zhao
INTRODUCTION: Surgical safety has emerged as a crucial global health issue in the past two decades. Although several safety-enhancing tools are available, the pace of large-scale improvement remains slow, especially in developing countries such as China. The present project (Modern Surgery and Anesthesia Safety Management System Construction and Promotion) aims to develop and validate system-based integrated approaches for reducing perioperative deaths and complications using a multicentre, multistage design...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
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