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Published: November 20, 2017

  • Vaping no better than smoking Vaping is just as dangerous as smoking tobacco when it comes to increased risk of surgical and anesthesia complications, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. E-cigarettes — hailed as a healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes — contain nicotine, which can impede wound healing, increase infection risk and heighten post-op discomfort. Patients should be encouraged to quit vaping at least a few weeks before and after surgery, says the AANA.
  • FDA approves device to ease opioid withdrawal The FDA has approved an electrical nerve stimulator that's placed behind patients' ears to help reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The NSS-2 Bridge, available only by prescription, can be used for up to 5 days during the acute phase of withdrawal. A battery-powered chip emits electrical pulses that stimulate branches of certain cranial nerves, helping to ease symptoms such as sweating, gastrointestinal upset, agitation, insomnia, and joint pain.
  • Glucose test could reduce post-op complications Patients with high levels of the glucose-monitoring compound, fructosamine, were more at risk for infection, readmission and reoperation following joint surgery, says researchers at Thomas Jefferson University. Testing for fructosamine can give doctors an indication of who needs intervention before surgery and could prevent post-op complications, researchers said. The level of fructosamine in the blood is a reflection of glucose levels over the previous 2-3 weeks.
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