Academic Institutions Are For Teaching

It irks me when nurses, attendings, and more senior residents from various specialties complain about having to cater to a junior resident or medical student's intellectual or procedural ineptitude. Please wake up and realize where you are...

Last Shift Of Obstetric Anesthesia As A CA-2!

I'm tired... like really tired. I've been working over two weeks without a true day off. I've got one more call shift beginning this afternoon before I'm officially done with obstetric anesthesia as a CA-2....

World Anesthesia Day!

Before the 1840s, the advancement of surgery was hampered by a lack of anatomical knowledge, poor aseptic techniques, and especially a lack of safe, reproducible anesthetic techniques. Beyond remedies like alcohol and opium, patients...

Finished With Neuroanesthesia As A CA-2 – Back To Obstetrics

I finished my CA-2 rotation in neuroanesthesia last week and am back on the labor and delivery (L&D) wing providing parturients with labor analgesia (epidurals, spinals, combined spinal-epidurals). This time, I'm a more senior...

“Anesthesia Is More Complicated Than I Thought”

Anesthesiology has a notorious reputation about being a "lifestyle" specialty where providers simply throw in a breathing tube, switch on some gas, and then pull up a chair and play on their tablets while...

Barriers To Care

One of my favorite things about anesthesiology and critical care is the freedom I have to provide quality patient care. PACU and ICU nurses are top notch, pharmacists are always available with every medication...

Swallow Your Pride – Remember The Patient

Training institutions face an interesting dilemma in allowing relatively inexperienced trainees to practice their skills while trying to provide safe and effective patient care. Attending physicians have mentioned feedback from trainees along the lines of...

What Drugs Are Used In General Anesthesia?

After consenting my patients for general anesthesia, I'm occasionally asked what drugs will be used during surgery. Without going into too much detail, I refer to our agents by general classes: volatiles, narcotics, muscle relaxants,...

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