“Negotiating a Regional Anesthesia Service”

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia has announced it will be hosting a novel video guided session moderated by Dr Brian Harrington with presenters Eugene Viscusi MD, Edward Mariano MD, and Santhanam Suresh MD.  It will feature submitted videos by ASRA members and a Panel Discussion and an Open Forum.

Night of the Machines hosted by Dr Mike Olympio at Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Internal compartment of the Mindray A7 anesthesia machine

I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended the Anesthesia Machine Workshop “Night of the Machines” put on by Dr Mike Olympio who has done so for about every other year at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. This year’s was held  in the Center for Applied Learning and was well attended by anesthesiology residents, the institution’s anesthesia technicians, several student nurse anesthetists, and a few visitors like myself.  The 13 hour program was built on break-out sessions of small groups reading and analyzing schematics and diagrams on older machines, presenting their findings, and followed by expert lectures tying classic design to current machine principals. Representatives from anesthesia machine companies such as Mindray and Drager were on hand who presented their companies newest machines–the Mindray A7 and the Perseus A500.  The Mindray’s internal components are pictured above. The Perseus has a ventilator powered by a turbine the size of an Oreo cookie that spins at 55,000 rpm.  The two day event concluded with a hands-on Datex Aestiva machine pre-anesthesia safety check-out in the simulation laboratory. Participants were challenged to uncover 9 problems laid before them by the author of this course. Dr Olympio provided home baked goods while catered lunch and dinner was enjoyed by all.

Study Examines Nerve Block Records Development

A paper co-written by John Charles Gerancher looks closely at the peripheral nerve block (PNB), its popularity, and PNB methods of documentation in circulation. The study attributes the growth of PNB to several developments, including the increasing technical sophistication of instruments and the varying number of anesthetics on the market. However, John Gerancher and his co-authors note that PNB procedures have become more difficult to document owing to limited space provided on anesthesia records. This is problematic because precise records are absolutely essential to proper billing and compliance with regulatory statutes.

Drawing on information collected from PNB practitioners and institutional providers throughout North America, the study’s authors designed a form that allows for the proper and complete documentation of PNB procedures. Of course, to fully utilize the form, hospitals and other establishments may have to change minor details like abbreviations.

JC Gerancher’s paper appeared in the journal Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine under the title “Development of a Standardized Peripheral Nerve Block Procedure Note Form.”

39th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting is previewed in ASRA’s February Newsletter


The upcoming 39th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting is being put together by program chair Sandra L. Kopp, M.D. of the Mayo clinic.  The program will be held in Chicago and is now online.

International Anesthesia Research Society to Host 2014 Meeting

Dr. John Gerancher most recently served as professor of anesthesiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In addition to his responsibilities in academia, Dr. John Gerancher also acted as medical director of the surgical services informatics and anesthesia information management systems departments at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Known as J.C. to his friends and colleagues, Dr. John Charles Gerancher maintains membership in the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

The IARS is making preparations for its 2014 Annual Meeting, which will be held May 17-20, 2014, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, Quebec. This meeting brings together the leading educators and investigators in the field of anesthesia to discuss and present the latest developments and best practices in patient care. Currently, the organizers of the meeting are accepting submissions for abstract presentations.

Established in 1922, the IARS funds research that advances and promotes the specialty of anesthesia, contributing in excess of $1 million each year. The organization also serves as a resource and forum where experts can share the most current information and ideas in the field.