The Shift to Hybrid Surgery Centers

The field of outpatient services has grown rapidly over the last several years, spurred by changes to reimbursements for inpatient procedures from health plan providers. One result of this is an increasing number of hybrid…

Surgical Considerations for Patients With Anemia

Anemia is a condition that results in low red blood cell count and hemoglobin deficiency, decreasing the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen [1]. The World Health Organization specifies that hemoglobin concentrations of less than 12.0g/dl in non-pregnant women and 13.0g/dl in…

Post-Operative Sore Throat: Causes and Prevention 

Post-operative sore throat (POST) occurs in over half of the patients who undergo general anesthesia with tracheal intubation every year1. While POST is considered a mild post-operative complication with little long-term effect on patient outcome, it does…

Medicare Rates for Anesthesia

In 1992, Medicare established a standardized payment scale called the Resource-based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS). While the system succeeded in standardizing rates, it also led to lower payments for some…

Physiology and Consequences of a Cytokine Storm

Cytokines are a broad class of cell signaling peptides that exist in the extracellular environment and affect the interactions between cells [1]. Several groups of cytokines, including interleukins and tumor necrosis factors, are known to trigger…

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