Is Your Organization Maximizing Patient and Staff Safety and Minimizing Liability in the GI Endoscopy Suite?

BY RENE MIGUEL GONZALEZ, MD, ANESTHESIOLOGIST, STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ Patient Safety Anesthesiology patient safety literature(1,2) clearly indicates that the majority of medical malpractice lawsuits arising from GI endoscopies are a result of respiratory complications, specifically hypoxia (inadequate, dangerously low blood oxygen levels). Hypoxia during endoscopy can result in prolongations, delays and cancellations of procedures, and … Read more

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Jon Loehr of Bell Medical has converted the University of Maryland to the Procedural Oxygen Mask (POM).  University of Maryland has 6 hospitals committed to purchasing the POM through Bell Medical. The POM mask delivers high concentrations of oxygen while monitoring capnography for upper GI procedures.  POM is the only FDA approved procedural sedation mask … Read more

Bell Medical acquires Bay State Anesthesia

Bell Medical purchased Bay State Anesthesia of New England on April 1, 2022.  Bell Medical plans to continue to use the Bay State Anesthesia name and to run the operation with all current sales and service staff with little change in the eye of the customer, according to Kevin Lueders, President. Bay State Anesthesia has … Read more

Quantitative Neuromuscular Monitoring in Clinical Practice: A Professional Practice Change Initiative

Quantitative Neuromuscular Monitoring in Clinical Practice: A Professional Practice Change Initiative.  Wade Weigel, MD at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA https://pubs.asahq.org/anesthesiology/article-abstract/doi/10.1097/ALN.0000000000004174/135637/Quantitative-Neuromuscular-Monitoring-in-Clinical?redirectedFrom=fulltext Key Takeaways:  Background: Virginia Mason Medical Center has 28 anesthetizing locations.  A total of 20,181 electronic charts and 2,807 manually reviewed charts were examined over a 4 year period (2016-2020)  History of Nerve Stimulator installations at … Read more

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Bell Medical has received a purchase order for 7 WellAir Novaerus 900 for Gates Ventures (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). The Novaerus system is the only system that destroys airborne viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens at the DNA level. It uses patented plasma technology to be 99.99% effective. Call us at 314-772-5600 or email [email protected]Read more

New Distal Pharyngeal Airway Contributes to Improved Patient Care and Outcomes: 2 Case Reports

Joanna Blondeau, CRNA, Staff CRNA, MedStream Anesthesia, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Most airway management for anesthesia providers and airway experts is routine, predictable, uneventful and straightforward. However, when a challenging airway occurs in a clinical situation, it can lead to adverse effects and life-threatening consequences for the patient and anxious moments for the provider. The … Read more

Selecting the right blood/fluid warmer

Selecting the right blood/fluid warmer for your organization is a critical decision. Nowadays, due to multiple recent recalls of aluminum warmers — that according to the FDA’s warning their aluminum leaching levels “may cause serious adverse events including death”– decisionmakers should be fully aware of what’s inside their warmers of choice. The last thing you … Read more

An Evolving New Paradigm in Blood Warming: “A Bridge To Rapid Infusers”

QINFLOW WARRIOR FROM BELL MEDICAL Initially created on JANUARY 15, 2022 BY ARIEL KATZ, CEO QINFLOW Rapid infusers are a great option for treating patients with severe hemorrhage. However, they require significant commitment from the hospitals: they are expensive to purchase, expensive to operate, and expensive to maintain. As importantly, they require significant ongoing investment in training so … Read more