Very Interesting Article (long, but you have to get to the last page)

  1. I was amazed at this doctor's theory and what they found in the O.R. Would like to hear your thoughts.

    Survive Your Doctor: The Junkie in the O.R. - MSN Health & Fitness
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  3. by   catcolalex
    what a bunch of crap.
  4. by   PurrRN
    The most interesting thing I found about the article was their purported finding of narcotized air above the patient. I think more in depth investigations need to be performed if this is the case. I think that I'd like to see the actual case study or review of this problem before getting worked up about it though, I don't trust public reporting enough to "trust" that they haven't slanted a view for their own personal publications. News people tend to try and get the most bang for their buck. Just my opinion, and I'll conceed that it may be wrong.
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    [s] oncologists trying to save dying patients are far more stressed and carry painkillers in their pockets all day, but don't have nearly the addiction rate[/s]

    never seen an oncologist with a pain killer in their pocket---only prescription pad. while an anesthetist does have drugs in their hands daily.

    well noted by both professional asociations risk of addiction is higher.

    aana info:
    addiction key concepts
    peer assistance

    american society of anesthesiologists
    brochure: "chemical dependence in anesthesiologists: what you need to know, when you need to know it."

    [s] anesthesia training programs in the united states, the disease appears at a rate of about 0.5 percent per year of all personnel in those programs.

    janssen pharmaceutica website
    inservice: “unmasking addiction: chemical dependency in anesthesiology”

    chemical dependency
    could my colleague be a drug addict?...

    narcotic and/or ethanol abuse: 10-13% of anesthesiologists

    • 4% of docs,
    • but 12% of docs in treatment for substance abuse
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 21, '06
  6. by   UM Review RN
    I was a bit confused that there was "no test for Fentanyl" yet the air contained it. Maybe I read that wrong?
  7. by   catcolalex
    so...., hypothetically speaking,...what if we are in an open bowel case and there is, the air, or just if someone had a bad burrito for lunch. Is there a blood test to detect any of that?