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News in 2015

Implementation of the Perioperative Surgical Home at UC Irvine

November 30, 2015 - In the Press

Healthcare-related expenditures in the United States are increasing at an unsustainable rate. This crisis has led to a nationwide reevaluation of our existing model of care delivery. As it exists in its current form, patient care is fragmented, with little coordination of services and few cost controls. This fragmentation and inefficiency is certainly true of perioperative care as well. Care is often based on entrenched practice patterns rather than evidence-based medicine. Prolonged hospitalizations, readmission rates, and complications remain high while the transition of care between care providers and facilities also tends to be poorly coordinated and a potential source of medical errors.

Transition from preoperative to perioperative clinic presents challenges and opportunities

October 28, 2015 - In the Press

More preoperative clinics are looking at becoming perioperative clinics and becoming part of a Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) program. Dr. Leslie Garson gave a presentation at this year's annual ASA meeting looking at what is required in that transition and what hurdles may need to be cleared in the process.

Impact Assessment of Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training on Anesthesiology Residents

September 1, 2015 - In the Press

Congratulations to Dr. Davinder Ramsingh for being published as the cover article in the top journal in the anesthesiology field, Anesthesiology, The Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc. Dr. Davinder Ramsingh and colleagues evaluated the integration of point-of-care ultrasound curriculum into a resident training program and demonstrate that these techniques can be effectively taught.

Record Number of Presentations at this Year's American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting

July 1, 2015

With 65, we have a record number of presentations at the American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting 2015. Moreover, 50% are oral and panel presentations and 15% are workshops. Twenty of our presentations are by residents, fellows, and medical students. Perioperative Surgical Home is a common theme for our projects and other topics include hemodynamics and non-invasive monitoring, Point-of-Care Ultrasonography, sharing Quality & Performance data, development of a mobile critical care information app, simulation for code blue training, web-based pediatric surgical preparation programs, and much more.

We hope to see you in San Diego!

Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit

June 26-28, 2015 - Event

Jointly provided by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and UC Irvine Health Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care. This two-day summit offers physicians, health care administrators and care team members an in-depth look at the innovative Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Interview: Zeev Kain on Benefits of Perioperative Surgical Home

June 17, 2015 - In the Press

The Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) is an effective clinical care delivery model that reduces medical costs, improves patient satisfaction and enhances clinical quality, according to Zeev Kain, MD, professor and chair, Associate Dean for Clinical Operations at the University of California, Irvine.

UC Irvine Researcher Finds Biological Link Between Chronic Pain, Mental Illness

June 15, 2015 - In the Press

It’s understandable that people who are in constant physical pain would experience a high level of stress and fatigue.

But a recent study by researchers at UC Irvine and UCLA shows chronic pain sufferers also are more vulnerable to mental and emotional illnesses such as anxiety and depression and that there’s a biological link between the mental and physical pain.

UC Study Links Brain Inflammation Triggered by Chronic Pain to Anxiety and Depression

June 9, 2015 - In the Press

Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term pain and the depression, anxiety and substance abuse seen in more than half of these patients, UC Irvine and UCLA researchers report.

A Moment With Zeev Kain, MD, MBA

April 6, 2015 - In the Press

As one of the key lecturers at the CSA 2015 Annual Anesthesia Meeting, Zeev Kain, MD, MBA, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, University of California, Irvine, will be presenting a Special Topic Lecture on The Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH).

Linda Hertzber, MD spent a few minutes with Dr. Kain in a question and answer session to learn about his vision for medicine, anesthesiology and patient care.

WebTIPS Helps Make Surgery Less Scary for Children - and Their Parents

April 2, 2015 - In the News

UC Irvine anesthesiology chair, Dr. Zeev Kain says new website provides tailored information to lower anxiety before surgery.

A newly developed website provides parents and children with individualized information and support -- based on factors like coping style and levels of worry and fear -- to help lower anxiety before outpatient surgery in children, according to a pair of articles in the April issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Michelle Fortier, PhD Receives Pilot Grant from The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

February 12, 2015

Michelle Fortier, PhD received a pilot grant from The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center for a project titled “The effects of a mobile intervention for parent management of children's cancer pain on parental stress and immune function.” This is a cooperative grant with another Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center member, Edward Nelson, MD.

An Inside Look at UC Irvine Health's Joint Replacement Surgical Home

January 22, 2015 by Julie Riley - In the Press

Article featured in the Care Transformation Center Blog - The Advisory Board Company

We asked Dr. Zeev Kain, Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Associate Dean of Clinical Operations at University of California at Irvine Health, about the organization's Joint Replacement Surgical Home. He explained that part of the variation in joint replacement is due to wide variation in patient experience before surgery.