Best Practices For Creating A WordPress Healthcare Blog

Over my 15 years in web development and social media, I've seen healthcare colleagues venture into blogging but quickly decide to quit. They had little regard for search engine optimization (SEO), visual design, security,...

What Is VA-ECMO?

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a form of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) used as a bridge to recovery, transplant, or alternative therapy (ie, VAD insertion). Whether it's the actual cannulation process or day-to-day management,...

You Pick Your Surgeon – Not Your Anesthesiologist

Working "behind the curtain" in the operating room has given me insight about the incredible commitment we as anesthesiologists have to patient safety. In the course of a routine cardiac surgery, I administer a...

New Zealand And Australia Vacation

After a decade long vacation hiatus, I decided to spend roughly a week visiting New Zealand and Australia before starting my life as an attending physician. Although this trip seemed very rushed, I had...

“Redheads Need More Anesthesia” – Fact Or Fiction?

The notion that natural redheads need "more anesthesia" and/or are resistant to certain medications has been spread by the media (ie, Time Magazine and The New York Times), the scientific literature, and even seasoned...

How Chest Tube Drainage Systems Work

Although small amounts of air and fluid in the pleural space are generally well tolerated, pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax, etc. necessitates chest tube placement. For large air collections, smaller bore tubes can often be utilized...

Blood Product Transfusion ABO Compatibility Table

As a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and intensivist, I’ve transfused countless blood products and factor concentrates over the years. We’ve all seen “type and screen” orders, but what exactly does a blood type tell us? ABO grouping...

What To Expect The Day Of Heart Surgery

As a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, I often meet patients who have wrapped their head around the fact that they are getting surgery, but they have a lot of fear about the anesthesia, cardiopulmonary bypass, and...

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