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Department of Anesthesiology Archives

New clinic helps high-risk patients get ready for surgery

Sep. 12, 2019—At VUMC's High-Risk Surgical Encounter (Hi-RiSE) Clinic, patients at higher risk of developing complications are comprehensively evaluated and interventions are efficiently coordinated and completed in the weeks leading up to surgery.

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Schildcrout honored by statistical association

Sep. 12, 2019—Jonathan Schildcrout, PhD, professor of Biostatistics and Anesthesiology, has been named an American Statistical Association Fellow.

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Pilla named chief of Multispecialty Adult Anesthesiology

Jul. 11, 2019—Michael Pilla, MD, was recently named chief of the Division of Multispeciality Adult Anesthesiology (MSA) on May 1. Pilla has worked in the Department of Anesthesiology since 2004.

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Ehrenfeld to depart VUMC for leadership roles in Wisconsin

Jun. 13, 2019—Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery, Biomedical Informatics and Health Policy, will be departing Vanderbilt to become director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment and senior associate dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Medicine effective Sept. 1.

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Line placement better with ultrasound

May. 9, 2019—Using ultrasound to place arterial lines reduces the need for surgical access and improves arterial line location, Vanderbilt researchers have found.

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Predictive analytics help manage OR case volume

May. 2, 2019—To accommodate weekday and seasonal variations in case volume, continual adjustment of operating room resources is imperative. Unlike other health systems, at Vanderbilt Health the OR planning process taps into predictive analytics running automatically on the back of the OR scheduling system.

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Congressional testimony

Mar. 7, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, right, testified Feb. 27 before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee on military policy affecting transgender service members.

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Personalized pain management

Feb. 28, 2019—Understanding how natural brain chemicals with pain-relieving properties interact with administered opioids may guide personalized approaches for pain management.

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Ehrenfeld’s LGBTQ health research lauded by NIH

Feb. 7, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, recently received the inaugural Sexual and Gender Minority Research Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Study tracks repercussions from reduced pre-op testing

Jan. 17, 2019—When clinical teams at Vanderbilt University Medical Center dramatically reduced several types of preoperative testing for elective surgery patients, there were no repercussions for these patients in terms of case cancellation rates, average length of stay in the hospital or rates of readmission to VUMC.

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Anesthesiology project set to expand in Africa

Jan. 10, 2019—Following the success of its ImPACT-Kenya (Improving Perioperative Anesthesia Care and Training) project, the Department of Anesthesiology has received another grant to expand into neighboring Ethiopia.

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QuizTime app created to aid opioid education efforts for providers

Sep. 13, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center will partner with the Tennessee Department of Health to offer workplace-based education to health professionals across the state via QuizTime, a smartphone application developed at VUMC. This continuing education activity will focus on proper utilization of opioid and non-opioid therapies in managing pain.

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