First Week Of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

I’m done with just over a week of this rotation, and my goodness, things are finally starting to come together. Having never rotated through these operating rooms as a resident, everything was different! Using a Miller 2 laryngoscope by default, central lines for practically every case, new infusion pumps, new portable monitors, new fluid management systems, heck, even new IV/arterial line tubing! Since I started on a weekend call as my first shift (no orientation beforehand), it took forever to find anything! Five minutes just to find sterile 4×4 gauze… 😯

Not having done a general anesthetic in three months, I had a chance to shake off the rust and finally get back into the swing of things. Now I can marvel at how awesome these cases are! Our surgeons have ridiculously short cardiopulmonary bypass times, everyone is fast-tracked for extubation, and the attending anesthesiologists are usually covering only one room. Pretty awesome!

Hybrid cardiothoracic operating room at Texas Heart

Tomorrow is the start to another week, fellowship interviews have been rolling in, I’ve almost finished upgrading all my walls at town hall 9 in Clash of Clans ( 😀 ), and I’m trying to stay engrossed in my in-training exam studies. Hope everyone has a great week! 🙂

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