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Demographics and Strategic Planning for Anesthesia

June 2, 2017 | Anesthesiology News

Worldwide demographic shifts that are underway may represent an approaching, unseen tsunami for anesthesia practices in the United States. The recent and sudden onset of an apparent personnel shortage has caught many anesthesia practices by surprise. A paucity of discussion on this important topic in the anesthesia literature suggests many anesthesia administrators are unaware of the situation and will not be well prepared to weather the upcoming storm if it materializes.

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Pediatric Anesthesia Legislation Advances

May 15, 2017 | California Dental Association

Three bills that seek to improve safety in pediatric dental anesthesia are moving through the state Legislature. The California Dental Association says these bills provide for “additional training, monitoring and permitting requirements targeted to ensure that during the provision of pediatric dental anesthesia, the right people are in the room with the right training and the ability to respond quickly and expertly to emergencies should they arise.”

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Jury Says GE Used Unfair Practices to Control Anesthesia Repair Business

May 3, 2017 | Outpatient Surgery Magazine

General Electric, one of the largest manufacturers of anesthesia gas machines in the country, wanted the service and repair business all to itself, a band of small repair companies from across the country alleged in its antitrust suit. A Texas federal jury agreed, unanimously ruling last week that GE had a nationwide monopoly on the servicing and repair of its anesthesia machines and awarding nearly $44 million in damages to 17 anesthesia businesses, an amount that's expected to be tripled under antitrust legislation. GE denied that it had monopoly power and argued that its policies were legitimate and a matter of self-defense.

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Anesthesia Warning Labels for Children, Pregnant Women Approved

May 2, 2017 | Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Following up on a previous safety alert, the FDA has approved label changes regarding the use of general anesthesia and sedation in children younger than 3 years and in women in the third trimester of pregnancy. The new warnings say that exposure for "lengthy periods of time or over multiple surgeries or procedures may negatively affect brain development in children younger than 3 years."

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