Paul Liszewski, CRNA, DNP So what’s the deal with Malignant Hyperthermia (MH)? Sounds like the start of a Seinfeld routine, but there’s nothing funny about results of the latest statistics we have about this pharmacogenetic disease. A group of researchers using an MH registry found that the rate of dying from an MH crisis has actually increased [...]
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The IRS helping me? Now that’s a good joke, right. But the IRS is working to help us with a problem we all potentially face: IDENTITY THEFT. What is the IRS doing to help you with this problem? They have created a cybercrime unit to battle this growing trend. “We are creating a cybercrimes unit within [...]
Richard E. Haas, PhD, CRNA, PHRN Aesop’s fables are not as well-known as they once were, so some of you may not have heard this story before. A cat and a fox were chatting in the forest. The fox was boasting of all the clever ways he learned to evade pursuing dogs, while the cat [...]
William Caughey, Financial Advisor We’re getting closer to April 15: Tax Filing Day. And while there may not be much you can do to change your results for the 2014 tax year, you can certainly look closely at your tax returns to find areas you might be able to improve next year — and one such [...]
Paul Liszewski, CRNA, DNP I hadn’t attended the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Annual Congress for more than 10 years. Back then it was called the AANA National meeting and I was a relatively new CRNA, wide-eyed and happy to be in Orlando for a week. This time around, I went as a presenter in the New [...]
Dealing with Denials In the ideal world, all claims for medical services would be paid without question. But we work in a less than ideal world, and claim denials are a part of our daily work. Handling those denials effectively is our highest priority. Success with those denials is contingent on the situation and the [...]
Richard E. Haas, PhD, CRNA, PHRN Simulation has become more frequently used in the education of student nurse anesthetists, as well as the education of other health professionals. Though no longer in its infancy, the use of simulation as part of clinical education is still widely misunderstood, particularly by those who either a) have not [...]
Richard E. Haas, PhD, CRNA, PHRN Twenty years of teaching student nurse anesthetists In June of 2015, I will celebrate my twentieth year of helping to chart the future of our profession by educating nurse anesthetists. This has not been a solitary pursuit. Without the talents and willingness of nearly hundreds of my CRNA colleagues, [...]
Paul Liszewski, CRNA, DNP Sitting on a beach chair along a shore in Orlando is a smile inducing image, but positioning a patient in the beach chair position in the operating room does not prompt the same happy feelings. In this blog I would like to start a discussion on the beach chair position and [...]