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Published: May 8, 2018

  • Pain med shortageHydromorphone (dilaudid), fentanyl, morphine, bupivacaine, and epinephrine are the top 5 drugs in short supply to anesthesiologists, according to an informal survey released by the American Society of Anesthesiologists to its members. Of the 2,500 respondents, 98% are consistently experiencing shortages of necessary medications and 95% noted that the shortages are affecting the way they care for patients. Anesthesiologists noted that having to use slower-acting pain medications instead of their go-to drugs means patients are waiting longer than expected for pain relief.
  • Did ASC deny staff meal and rest breaks?Around 30 current and former employees of Sutter Health's Sacramento surgery center claim they were denied legally required rest breaks and meal breaks. The employees are going before the California Labor Commissioner seeking compensation ranging from thousands of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, according to the Sacramento Bee. In a statement denying the claims, Sutter Health argues that the "employees have been paid appropriately."
  • Opioids overused after orthopedic surgery Only 6% of 140 patients who underwent spine or joint procedures at Johns Hopkins Hospital took non-opioid medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen to manage post-op pain, says a study published in Anesthesia and Analgesia. A majority of the patients did not use the entire prescribed amount of opioids and most patients did not store the leftover pills safely or dispose of them properly, according to the researchers.
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