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Expanding Neck Hematoma Management

Neck hematomas are a life threatening albeit rare post operative complication of surgeries in the cervical spine and neck (thyroidectomy, carotid endarterectomy, etc.) The overwhelming majority of patients who undergo these types of…
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Awake Fiberoptic Intubation

This month has been riddled with challenging airway situations, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss how I perform awake fiberoptic intubations. The decision to intubate someone awake is rooted in the high likelihood that…
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Reinforced Endotracheal Tubes

When I first started my anesthesiology training, I almost always used a reinforced endotracheal tube (ETT) for cases where my patient would be positioned prone for an extended period of time. One can imagine that in this position, even if…
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DNI Without DNR?

"Do not intubate" (DNI) and "do not resuscitate" (DNR) are two different entities. Often times a tenuous cardiopulmonary status or altered mentation requires securing the airway with endotracheal intubation well before full-on resuscitation…
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