Randy L Olson

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Quality of life is a major focus for researchers conducting studies on patient satisfaction and anesthetic outcomes. Efficacy and safety drive anesthesia providers' determination of the type of anesthesia administered, yet little consideration is given to postanesthesia quality of life from the patient's perspective. We hypothesized that patient-defined,(More)
Intravenous regional anesthesia (IVRA) is a well-recognized technique for producing anesthesia during surgical procedures of the extremities. It has been suggested that the application of a tourniquet to the forearm may improve the quality of the block. The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether the application of a forearm tourniquet would(More)
Several studies have demonstrated that interscalene brachial plexus anesthesia alone decreases postoperative pain, nausea, vomiting, urinary retention, and unplanned hospital admissions compared with general anesthesia alone. Anecdotal evidence suggests that an interscalene block combined with general anesthesia decreases unwanted effects of general(More)
Mental and physical (MAP) training is a novel clinical intervention that combines mental training through meditation and physical training through aerobic exercise. The intervention was translated from neuroscientific studies indicating that MAP training increases neurogenesis in the adult brain. Each session consisted of 30 min of focused-attention (FA)(More)
Postdural puncture back pain has a reported incidence ranging from 2% to 29% following the administration of a spinal anesthetic. The purpose of this investigation was to compare the back pain and patient satisfaction scores after the administration of a spinal anesthetic with or without the use of an 18-gauge introducer needle. Eighty-four men and women(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate carpal anatomy proficiency in orthopedic residents as well as emergency medicine physicians. Orthopedic surgery residents and emergency medicine physicians were tested on their understanding of normal carpal anatomy using a Wrist Anatomy Assessment (WAA) score, which consists of both palpation of carpal bony(More)
A growing number of surgical procedures of increased duration are being performed using laparoscopic techniques. No study to date has quantitated the potential insensible water loss associated with laparoscopic surgical procedures as a result of intra-abdominal humidification of insufflated nonhumidified CO2 gas. The purpose of this study was to quantitate(More)
The incidence of postoperative myalgia (POM) after succinylcholine administration has been reported to range from 5% to 83%. The administration of small doses of nondepolarizing muscle relaxants or lidocaine before the administration of succinylcholine has been shown to decrease the incidence and severity of POM experienced by patients. The purpose of this(More)
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