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The Economics of Prefilled Syringes - August 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Coping With the Boredom of Anesthesia Do occasional distractions help anesthesia providers stay sharper? T here's a great deal of hand wringing these days about "distracted doctoring" — the idea that computers and cell phones may be dividing the attention of providers and endan- gering the lives of patients. But are we in danger of oversimplify- ing the issue? An ongoing malprac- tice suit in Dallas, Texas, is front and cen- ter. Anesthesiologist Christopher Spillers, MD, is accused of failing to respond to a patient's clear signs of desatu- ration because he was too distracted by social media (osmag.net/epm9ht). Surgeon Robert Rinkenberger, MD, also named in the suit, testified in a deposition that Dr. Spillers didn't notice that the patient had critically low blood oxygenation until "15 or 20 minutes" after she turned blue. "He was doing something either [with] his cell phone or pad or something," says Dr. Rinkenberger. Dr. Spillers initially denied in his deposition that he ever surfed the Internet or posted on Facebook while managing cases. But when confronted with a post from his 3 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 Anesthesia Alert Mike MacKinnon, MSN, FNP-C, CRNA • NEEDED RESPITE? Non-patient-related activities such as reading and conversa- tion have been going on in the OR for decades, with no discernible pattern of nega- tive effects. Studies suggest occasional "distractions" keep providers sharp. Morgan Thompson, RN

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