In 2017, at least 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Many of these prescription drugs were taken from the medicine cabinets of friends and family members. If you’ve ever had a pain medicine prescription following a procedure, you may not have ended up using […]
One of the most fascinating things about working in medicine, and anesthesiology in particular, are the near-constant advances in medical technology and their implications for our work. While there’s no telling exactly what medical breakthroughs will occur in the coming months and years, some of the developments we’ve encountered recently are excellent indicators about where […]
Making New Year’s resolutions is easy, but keeping them? That’s another story. If you’re hoping to make a resolution this year you can actually keep, try focusing on quality rather than quantity. In other words, instead of picking multiple resolutions, focus instead on one or two resolutions—clear, strong ones that will have a significant impact […]
Winter isn’t all festive holiday cheer and new beginnings in the New Year—it’s also (unfortunately) synonymous with cold & flu season. But there are two things you can do during the winter months (and the rest of the year!) to stay as healthy as possible. As anesthesiologists, handwashing is a critical part of our daily […]
Every ASC has several options when it comes to anesthesia staffing. You can hire anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists directly, you can contract with them individually, you can contract with a large anesthesia group that operates on the care team model, or you can work with a specialized all-physician anesthesia group like Allied Anesthesia. Here are six […]
ALLIED ANSWERS & INSIGHTS By Dr. Peter Sawras In 1980, the New England Journal of Medicine published a letter stating, “We conclude that despite widespread use of narcotic drugs in hospitals, the development of addiction is rare in medical patients with no history of drug addiction.”
By Salomon Maya, MD A new kind of physician-only team is bringing added value—and safety—to the OR Traditionally, the physician-only model has cost more because doctors have limited their scope of work. But times are definitely changing.
The first post, written by Allied physician Dr. Peter Sawras, offers a bit of pre-surgery advice for patients It’s official! Our new medical blog, Allied Answers & Insights, is live. If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t eat before surgery (and who hasn’t?), check out the very first post in the series right here. In […]
Allied Answers & Insights It’s the question we hear most: “Why can’t I eat before surgery?” It just so happens there are some really good reasons. Read on to find out! By Allied Anesthesiologist Dr. Peter Sawras In 1848 a pregnant woman went under anesthesia and died from aspiration. Yup, she had a meal before surgery […]
We all have burning questions about general anesthesia, but, with all of the appointments and other business around scheduling surgery, it can be tough to remember to ask those questions. So the Allied Docs put together answers to some of the questions patients might have about this critical part of the surgical experience.