When undergoing surgical procedures, women, as well as Black and other coloured racial groups, are less likely to be given regional anaesthesia (RA), reports a study presented at the recently concluded 2022 meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiology (Anesthesiology 2022).
Effective multidisciplinary collaborations with Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways result in improved services and deliver continued care despite restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and same-day admission limitations, according to a single-centre study presented at the Anesthesiology Annual Meeting 2022. To date, feedback from patients has been encouraging.
The number of opioid prescriptions after surgery among older people has remained constant over a period of 7 years, although the doses have dropped, owing to a shift from fixed-dose combination towards separate opioid and nonopioid prescriptions, according to a study presented at the Anesthesiology 2022 Annual Meeting.
The prevalence of opioid misuse is declining overall, but this does not seem to be the case among nonheterosexuals, who have greater levels of abuse compared with heterosexuals, results of a study presented at the Anesthesiology Annual Meeting 2022 have shown.
Pain control after a surgery may be tougher for cannabis users than for nonusers, with cannabis use being linked to higher postoperative pain scores and a trend toward greater use of opioids, as reported in a large study presented at the Anesthesiology 2022 Annual Meeting.
Patients who are on long-term statin therapy may have a reduced risk of severe COVID-19–related outcomes including mortality, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and requirement for mechanical ventilation, according to a study presented at Anesthesiology 2022.