Cost Analysis in Vitrectomy: Monitored Anesthesia Care and General AnesthesiaThis retrospective study compared hospital charges associated with monitored anesthesia care with retrobulbar block (MAC/RBB) with charges associated with general anesthesia among patients undergoing vitrectomy. Results indicated that hospital charges associated with MAC/RBB were 20% less than charges associated with general anesthesia.
Keywords: Charges, cost, general anesthesia, monitored anesthesia care.
Version: 2001;69(2):111-113.Authors: Jeffrey Jian-Hong Huang, MD, MS
Steven Fogel, MD
Michael Leavell, MD
Anesthetic Implications in Epidermolysis Bullosa DystrophicaEpidermolysis bullosa, a genetic disease in which blisters form after minor shearing trauma to the skin or mucous membranes, presents special problems for the anesthesia provider. In this case report, the author describes the precautions taken when delivering anesthesia to a young woman undergoing esophageal dilation and reviews the symptoms and anesthetic considerations of the disease.
AANA Journal Course: Update for Nurse Anesthetists—Part 1 The Hazards of Surgical SmokeInhaling surgical smoke is an ever-growing concern for the healthcare professional since the majority of all surgeries generate laser or electrosurgical smoke. This article explores the hazards of surgical smoke (including plume odor, particulate matter size, viability of the smoke contents, and laparascopic concerns) and describes effective methods to evacuate the plume.