Editor's Picks:
Highlights from the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology

As the official journal of SNACC, the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology has a long history of publishing original and review articles relevant to the SNACC membership. Dr. Martin Smith is the Editor-in-Chief. Subscribe to the JNA e-Table of Contents here and follow JNA on Twitter (@JNeurosurgAnes).

By Alana Flexman, MD FRCPC
SNACC Representative to the JNA Editorial Board & Associate Editor

Dr. Flexman
Alana Flexman, MD FRCPC

We are pleased to share several updates from the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology with the SNACC membership!

  • Hot off the Press: The 2020 impact factor for JNA is 3.956 – an increase from 2019. Congratulations to our Editor-in-Chief Dr. Martin Smith and a sincere thank you to all the dedicated reviewers, Editorial Board members and our publishing team at Wolters Kluwer.
  • SNACC 2021 Abstracts: The abstracts from the virtual 49th Annual Meeting will be published in the October 2021 issue of JNA. Congratulations to the authors of presented abstracts on behalf of the Journal!

The fall issue of the Journal will feature several Editor’s Picks that are free to access:

  • Gupta N, Banerjee S, Choudhury K, Prabhakar H. Women Representation as First and Corresponding Authors in Neuroanesthesiology and Neurocritical Care Journals. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology 2021; 33(4)

    In this interesting analysis of 1164 articles published in three neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care journals (including JNA), the authors found that women made up 34.6% and 29.6% of first and corresponding authors, respectively. Representation was lowest for original research articles compared to other article types. The United States and India had the highest representation of women first authors (39.0% and 31.0%, respectively).

    This article was accompanied by an Editorial contextualizing these findings and identifying further areas for research, including moving beyond the gender binary:

    Lorello GR, Flexman AM. Authorship of Women in Neuroanesthesia and Neurocritical Care: Publish or Perish? Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology 2021; 33(4)
  • Simonassi F, Ball, L, Badenes R, Millone M, Citerio G, Zona G, Pelosi P, Robba C. Hemodynamic Monitoring in Patients with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology 2021; 33(4)

    In this systematic review and meta-analysis, 14 studies were analyzed to determine whether advanced hemodynamic monitoring could improve outcomes and patient management. However, this review found only low-quality evidence to support the use of advanced hemodynamic monitoring in selected aneurysmal SAH patients.
  • Ma HK, Bebawy JF. Albumin Use in Brain-Injured and Neurosurgical Patients: Concepts, Indications, and Controversies. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology 2021; 33(4)

    This narrative review examines the role of intravenous human albumin as a replacement fluid in neurosurgical patients, and examines the clinical evidence for and against its use in neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care practice.
  • Nguyen AV, Ross E, Westra J, Huang N, Nguyen CY, Raji M, Lall R, Kuo YF. Opioid Utilization in Geriatric Patients After Operation for Degenerative Spine Disease. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology 2021; 33(4)

    Of the 14,583 Medicare enrollees who met study criteria, 6.0% continuously utilized opioids 1-year after spinal surgery, including 0.3% of opioid-naïve patients. Anxiety, benzodiazepine use within the year before surgery, and Medicaid dual-eligibility were associated with prolonged opioid utilization.

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