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Department of Anesthesiology Archives

Protocol helps manage blood glucose during surgery

Feb. 23, 2017—A study conducted by researchers in the Department of Anesthesiology found a clinical information systems protocol, developed by the department’s Vanderbilt Perioperative Information Management Systems (VPIMS) developer group, improved management of blood glucose during the intraoperative period, resulting in reduced instances of hyperglycemia as well as a reduction in surgical site infections in diabetic patients and those with impaired glucose control following surgical procedures.

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Laughing gas for labor

Feb. 21, 2017—Although nitrous oxide was less effective than epidural anesthesia for pain management during labor, mothers who used nitrous oxide were equally satisfied with their childbirth experience.

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Pathology of septic shock

Feb. 8, 2017—The signaling molecule IL-15 promotes septic shock, a life-threatening condition involving organ injury caused by infection.

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Improving vaccine formulations

Jan. 20, 2017—The compound MPLA is an attractive vaccine component, designed to elicit a robust immune response.

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Investigators explore new way to control mosquitoes

Dec. 1, 2016—In a new study, Vanderbilt pharmacologist Jerod Denton, Ph.D., Ohio State entomologist Peter Piermarini, Ph.D., and colleagues report an experimental molecule that inhibits kidney function in mosquitoes and thus might provide a new way to control the deadliest animal on Earth.

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Probing drug abuse circuitry

Nov. 4, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have identified cocaine-induced modifications at specific neuronal connections, which could aid the development of new therapies for substance abuse disorders.

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Newton lands humanitarian award from national anesthesiology group

Oct. 27, 2016—Mark Newton, M.D., professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and director of the Vanderbilt International Anesthesia program, has been named to receive the 2016 Nicholas M. Greene, M.D., Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution Award.

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Risk factors for delirium

Sep. 13, 2016—High levels of blood markers for vascular endothelial dysfunction were associated with longer periods of confusion in ICU patients, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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New culprit in nerve degeneration

Aug. 12, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that regulation of cell volume plays a role in nerve degeneration and peripheral neuropathies.

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Tarpley may be retiring, but he isn’t slowing down

Jul. 26, 2016—On June 30, John Tarpley, M.D., retired after 23 years of service at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the Nashville VA Medical Center. The next day, he packed a suitcase, and on July 2 he boarded a Kenya-bound plane, a move that was absolutely no surprise to all who know him.

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Malignant hyperthermia: rare but potentially serious problem for surgical patients

Jun. 28, 2016—John and Valerie Longoria breathed a sigh of relief when the team lead by John C. Pope IV, M.D., professor of Urologic Surgery and Pediatrics, told them a minor procedure on their 8-month-old son Maverick had been successful, and they could soon take their son home to Oak Grove, Kentucky. But then, things quickly changed.

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Pretorius named to key Anesthesiology post

May. 5, 2016—Mias Pretorius, MBChB, MSCI, associate professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine, has been named division chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology.

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