Navigation Links
Shortage of Anesthetics Reported
Date:5/10/2011

TUESDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Shortages of anesthetics are rampant across the United States, according to the results of a new survey.

The findings revealed that more than 90 percent of 1,373 anesthesiologists polled (including more than 1,350 from the United States) are experiencing a shortage of at least one drug. And, within the last year, 98 percent of the respondents encountered a similar problem, the poll by the American Society of Anesthesiologists found.

Among the anesthetics in short supply were:

  • Neostigmine (57 percent)
  • Thiopental (55 percent)
  • Succinylcholine (48 percent)
  • Propofol (40 percent)
  • Glycopyrrolate (17 percent)

In most cases, the drug shortages forced anesthesiologists to change the way they cared for their patients. In fact, more than 91 percent of respondents used alternative medications. Meanwhile, roughly 10 percent of anesthesiologists went so far as to postpone or cancel procedures as a result of the shortages.

Despite the ability of anesthesiologists to work around the lack of certain drugs, patients may often suffer as a result. About half of the patients who underwent procedures during a drug shortage experienced adverse effects, including:

  • Increased post-op nausea because of the effects of alternative drugs
  • More time spent in the operating room and in recovery
  • Higher health care costs

"The drug shortages are having a profound impact on anesthesiologists and patients each day," Dr. Mark A. Warner, president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, said in an ASA news release. "It is important for patients who are about to undergo anesthesia to have a physician who practices anesthesiology involved in their care; anesthesiologists are specifically trained to provide safe care despite the need to use alternative drugs when others are in short supply or not available."

The American Society of Anesthesiologists advises patients to ask about how drug shortages may affect their particular hospital or surgery center before undergoing a procedure.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers detailed information on the different forms of anesthesia.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American Society of Anesthesiologists, news release, May 9, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. No End In Sight To The Armour Thyroid Shortage?
2. Website for Nursing Jobs Launches -- Streamlined Job Board Created to Address Nursing Shortage
3. Shortage of Black Doctors Rooted in Social, Economic Ills
4. Primary Care Physician Shortage: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Has the Solution
5. International summit seeks solutions to global shortage of nursing faculty
6. HCL Thames Medics says more locum doctors could help address European Working Time Directive shortage
7. Scottsdale Veterinary Pharmacy Celebrates Success in Business By Dodging Veterinary Drug Shortages
8. Shortage of Transplant Organs Spurs Proposals But No Solution
9. Decline in international medical graduates exacerbates shortage of general surgeons
10. SNM cautions that Canadas Chalk River coming back online will not solve long-term isotope shortage
11. Vitamin D Shortage Not Tied to Stroke Deaths in Blacks: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Shortage of Anesthetics Reported
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... PITTSBURGH...Defibrillators are ... saves lives. However, if one isn’t accessible in certain locations, the risk of ... I came up with this idea," said an inventor from Ridgecrest, Calif. , ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... ... Safe Is Smart Scholarship Sweepstakes.,  , Molli C., a graduate student from Sonora, ... Educational Leadership and Administration at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, was selected ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... ... emergency rooms is celebrating the one year anniversary of its Houston-Fallbrook facility. ... said Dr. Otinwa, Facility Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room Houston-Fallbrook. “It ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... Diego, CA (PRWEB) , ... September 22, 2017 ... ... offer groceries, wearable, and more products at customers’ doorstep. According to Smart Mart, ... Smart Mart has stated to offer wearable, and customers can find clothing at ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... Process ... 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, http://www.fdanews.com/processcapabilityindices      , ... wrong, run afoul of The Quality System Regulation (§820.250), and Devicemakers find themselves ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/7/2017)... STOCKHOLM , Sept. 7, 2017 NuvoAir ... Air Smart Spirometer, announced today a partnership with Novartis Pharma ... partnership solidifies NuvoAir,s position as the leading mobile spirometry platform ... respiratory patients. ... spirometry test ...
(Date:9/6/2017)... ORANGEBURG, N.Y. , Sept. 6, 2017   PDI ... today announced it will host an educational session focused ... line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) prevention at the 2017 Annual ... meeting, which will take place at the ... Arizona from Sept. 16-19, will also feature ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... 5, 2017  Getinge, a leading global provider ... charitable donation program -- "Color for the Kids!" ... defect research by The Children,s Heart Foundation. Pediatric ... public are encouraged to download a coloring picture ... artwork to the gallery on the website. For ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: