Latest General anaesthetic Stories

Propofol Addiction On The Rise In Healthcare Providers
2013-03-19 05:04:30

Jason Pierce, MSN, MBA, RN for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study in the April edition of the Journal of Addiction Medicine suggests that propofol abuse by health care professionals is increasing. This appears to be especially true among physicians and nurses with easy access to the drug, such as those who provide anesthesia. The study also points out a number of characteristics common among health care professionals known to abuse propofol. The study´s authors, Dr...

2013-03-12 15:52:03

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) today publish initial findings from a major study which looked at how many patients experienced accidental awareness during general anaesthesia. The survey asked all senior anaesthetists in NHS hospitals in the UK (more than 80% of whom replied) to report how many cases of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia they encountered in 2011. There are three million...

EEG Helps Researchers Understand Sedation And Consciousness
2013-03-05 19:46:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Doctors and surgeons have been using general anesthetic to induce unconsciousness for over one hundred years, but little work has been done to define what unconsciousness actually is. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from a group of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers has defined consciousness more thoroughly by using a high quality electroencephalogram (EEG) to identify the brain...

Anesthesia More Similar To Sleep Than Originally Understood
2012-10-26 15:07:30

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Close your eyes, inhale slowly, and then exhale. Lie back and feel your body slowly relax as you melt into the cushion. Everything fades away as darkness slowly takes over and a feeling of peace passes over. For those who love sleep, the aforementioned sentiments might seem familiar. They might even seem familiar to those who have been anesthetized for surgery, where the brain turns off and tunes into sleep mode. In...

2010-12-20 11:16:00

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- PharMEDium Services LLC, announced the addition of Propofol to its custom operating room anesthesia syringe preparation services. PharMEDium is the first compounder to offer Propofol in a pre-labeled, single patient, ready-to-use, tamper evident syringe admixture system. Healthcare organizations recognize benefits of PharMEDium's prefilled operating room syringes including compliance with regulatory requirements for proper labeling of all...

2009-07-23 08:43:07

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) physicians has developed a new general anesthetic that may be safer for critically ill patients. In the August issue of Anesthesiology, they describe preclinical studies of the drug called MOC-etomidate "“ a chemically altered version of an exiting anesthetic "“ which does not cause the sudden drop in blood pressure seen with most anesthetics or prolonged suppression of adrenal gland activity, a problem with the original version of...

2008-09-22 03:00:30

AACHEN, Germany and CAMBRIDGE, UK, Sept. 22, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The biopharmaceutical company PAION AG (ISIN DE000A0B65S3) (Frankfurt:PA8) (London AIM: PAI) today announces that its Phase I study with its sedative CNS 7056 has progressed to the dose levels that induce pronounced sedation. In addition, the first group including a comparison with midazolam, the current gold standard for procedural sedation has been completed. So far no safety concerns were raised by the Drug Safety...

2008-06-25 00:02:50

General anaesthetic can make the pain of operations worse for patients recovering after surgery by activating the body's "mustard receptors", researchers have found. Many of the drugs that send surgical patients to sleep are known to make them more sensitive to pain when they wake up. Scientists now believe they have discovered the reason for the side effect. The findings may help researchers develop new anaesthetics that are kinder to recovering patients. General anaesthetics all...

2008-04-16 00:55:00

Researchers at the University of California say low doses of a commonly-used anesthetic could prevent the formation of painful memories. New Scientist magazine reported that scientists have found that sevoflurane gas stopped patients remembering "emotive" images. Scans showed the gas interfered with signals between two key areas of the brain. This could eventually help eradicate rare instances of anesthetized patients remembering the full horrors of their surgery. Anesthetic drugs are...

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