Allied Answers & Insights

Moving Beyond the Question “Can You Walk Up 10 Stairs?”

Posted on 12/10/19 by Allied Anesthesia

Integrating Accelerometers and More in Your Surgical Risk Assessment How do you typically assess a patient’s functional capacity, or their ability to perform submaximal physical daily activities prior to surgery? As you are aware, this capacity plays a major role in the perioperative cardiovascular evaluation (as well as the perioperative and postoperative management) of your […]

Consider Lower Peak Pulmonary Pressure to Improve Intraop and Postop Outcomes

Posted on 11/28/19 by Allied Anesthesia

As you know, postoperative pulmonary complications, or pulmonary injury, is a well-documented group of complications that occur after most major surgeries. With these complications come the following negative outcomes: Increased patient mortality rate by four times Increased hospital and ICU length of stay More than $20,000 in institutional expenses (per event) Among your cardiac surgery […]

Is Four-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate the Answer to Coagulopathy Prevention?

Posted on 11/19/19 by Allied Anesthesia

As you know, coagulopathy — common in trauma and perioperative bleeding — must be addressed. When this situation presents, increased morbidity and mortality result, and “anticoagulation can further increase a patient’s risk of developing coagulopathic bleeding.” Is four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) the answer? Can it help anesthesiologists better manage patients who are receiving direct […]

Best Practices for Surgical Patients on Chronic Steroid Therapy

Posted on 10/04/19 by Allied Anesthesia

When patients on chronic steroid therapy show up for surgery, many of us are uncertain about what to do. As you know, when a chronic steroid-use patient presents for surgery, they carry with them a potential complication: the possibility of developing secondary adrenal insufficiency, which can translate into full-scale adrenal crisis. So, what is secondary […]

Methadone for Post-Op Pain? A Drug to Watch

Posted on 09/18/19 by Dr. Edward Digiamarino, M.D.

What medical practitioner hasn’t struggled with pain management before, during and after surgery? The relief of postoperative pain, in particular, continues to challenge practitioners today. As you know, even after minor surgical procedures, more than 50% of patients experience moderate to severe pain. So, it naturally follows: We are always looking for the next best […]

Flexibility & Options for Nearly Any Anesthesiologist

Posted on 09/13/19 by Allied Anesthesia

Allied Anesthesia is a group made up of over 100 Southern California anesthesiologists who represent the top 1% in their field.  Allied provides anesthesia services for pediatric and adult operations, surgeries, and pain management procedures for several hospitals in the region. Are you an anesthesiologist searching for a new opportunity? You may be surprised to […]

Searching for the Next Partner: Allied’s Recruitment Process

Posted on 08/29/19 by Allied Anesthesia

Allied Anesthesia began as a group of Orange County anesthesiologists loosely affiliated with one another, but all deeply committed to providing the top anesthesia care in Southern California. Fast-forward to today: Allied’s group is now made up of over 100 anesthesiologists who have each traversed one of the most rigorous vetting processes in the country.  […]

How Does Allied Anesthesia Work?

Posted on 07/29/19 by Allied Anesthesia

You’re a patient who’s heard about Allied Anesthesia, and now you want to ensure you receive treatment from one of our group’s top-notch anesthesiologists for your surgery or pain management. But, as is the case with a lot of healthcare-related endeavors, it’s not always so simple as requesting a doctor. Here’s a brief overview of […]

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Posted on 07/03/19 by Allied Anesthesia

Arthritis is generally thought of as an ailment of the elderly, an inflammation of the joints that can be caused by a number of age-related factors. But juvenile arthritis – which occurs in patients 16 and under – affects over 300,000 children and teens in the US alone. In honor of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month, […]

Can Anesthesia Go Green?

Posted on 06/25/19 by Allied Anesthesia

Did you know that some forms of anesthesia are greener than others? It’s true. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times shared the story of Dr. Brian Chesebro, a Portland, Oregon-based anesthesiologist who decided to conduct some independent research on the sustainability of different types of anesthesia. He focused on sevoflurane and desflurane, two […]