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March, 2015

  • 24 March

    Pre-Op Screen: The Handoff Process


    Intraoperative handoffs of anesthesia care to other providers are commonplace whether it’s for breaks or at shift change. While there’s no “correct” way to do this, I’ve outlined the approach I take.

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  • 14 March

    Most Well-Rounded Call Thus Far


    I was dreading night call on a Friday (the 13th, never the less) at the trauma hospital. Typically the shift is full of people who were involved in violence or reckless behavior – alcohol causes people to do dumb things. Instead, this call shift happened to be my most well-rounded ...

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  • 9 March

    Second CA-1 Airway Month


    I’m well into this month (a second month dedicated to managing difficult airways) which has been filled with call shifts thus far. I wanted to outline some minor updates since my last post.

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February, 2015

  • 22 February

    Who Do We Save?

    ER shock room

    Trauma anesthesia is a whole different game – you never know what could roll through the door at a moment’s notice. Some patients are innocent victims of car accidents, crossfire, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Others were injured while engaging in criminal activity. As ...

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  • 22 February

    Onto CA-1 Cardiac Anesthesia!


    As a first year anesthesia resident, I’ve already done roughly 10 cases requiring cardiopulmonary bypass (all of which had Swan-Ganz catheters too), but now I’m officially starting my dedicated “cardiovascular” (CV) week.

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  • 20 February

    Night Before CA-1 In-Training Exam (ITE)

    ITE - you're going down!

    I’m less than 10 hours from taking my yearly anesthesiology in-training exam (ITE). 😯

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  • 10 February

    Learning Transesophageal Echocardiography with Google Glass


    Today I took part in a study assessing the utility of Google Glass in navigating the 20 standard views of conventional transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). TEE is routinely utilized in cardiac cases to evaluate cardiac function, signs of ischemia, life-threatening conditions, and intraoperative changes; however, mastering the technical skill of performing ...

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