Friday, May 22, 2015

Will Anesthesiologists be Replaced by Robots, Nurses?

My opinion:  Considering that anesthesiologists are some of the highest paid professionals in medicine, many people believe that they should be replaced by assistants, such as certified registered nurses anesthetists (CRNAs), or even by robots.  The issue is, their replacements may not always provide adequate care, especially with complex surgical procedures.  Many states have already allowed for CRNAs to practice independently of anesthesiologists.  I believe that CRNAs and robots may be used in certain scenarios instead of anesthesiologists.  These doctors may not be eliminated, but will be used to a lesser extent to save money.  Do you think this will occur?  Feel free to comment. 

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303983904579093252573814132

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Millions of Births, Deaths Unrecorded

My opinion:  I am not surprised that so many people are not tracked, as poorer countries may not have the resources to keep records.  I agree with the article that the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) may make for better records.  When a family member dies, relatives may are asked questions that point to the most likely cause of death.  This is probably the best alternative to physician diagnosis, since many places lack doctors required for an examination.  I do wonder, though, if the family will have any motivation to complete the documents.  Furthermore, what if they are illiterate?  In those cases, someone else would have to do CRVS for them.  Finally, this may not capture the number of children who are stillborn, since it is easy to keep the child's birth a secret from the community.  I believe that a medical worker may have to be responsible for the collection of this data, although he or she does not necessarily have to be a doctor.  Any opinions of your own?  Feel free to comment.

Link:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/293782.php