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Published: May 15, 2017

  • Intraoperative methadone Patients treated with methadone during spinal fusion surgery required less hydromorphone and reported improved satisfaction with pain management, according to a study published in the May issue Anesthesiology.
  • Arthroscopy doesn't relieve knee pain Arthroscopic knee surgery does not effectively relieve pain or improve joint function in patients with arthritis or meniscal tears, according to a new clinical guideline published in BMJ. A panel of international surgeons made the recommendation after reviewing 13 studies involving nearly 1,700 patients with damaged knees who underwent surgery, received physical therapy or simply exercised. The panel says knee arthroscopies cost the U.S. healthcare system $3 billion each year. Knee replacement is "the only definitive therapy," the panel determined, but it is reserved for patients with severe disease after non-operative management has been unsuccessful.
  • N.Y. anesthesiologists oppose CRNA bill The New York State Society of Anesthesiologists is denouncing a proposal that would certify CRNAs to administer anesthesia, saying that it "fails to establish even the most basic parameters of acceptable practice" and creates ambiguity in anesthesia standards.
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