anesthesia

Finished With My Senior Presentation!

About six weeks ago, I blogged about how I chose to look at the evidence-based challenges to several dogmas in anesthesiology as my senior presentation. There are countless topics I could have chosen to...

Difference Between MAC and Sedation

In the perioperative arena, the terms "MAC" (monitored anesthesia care) and "sedation" are used interchangeably; however, they are not the same. The term MAC has nothing to do with levels of sedation (minimal, moderate,...

Tips For Beginning Anesthesiology Residency

Arguably, anesthesiology has one of the largest learning curves right off the bat. Though you'll rely on the medical knowledge you've obtained through medical school and as an intern, clinical anesthesiology is something entirely different....

Local Anesthetic For Starting Peripheral IVs (PIVs)

I wanted to expand on a previous post regarding the placement of peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheters. Some use a small wheal of local anesthetic to minimize discomfort associated with the IV needle placement in awake...

“The Patient Is Moving!”

Patient movement is a normal, reflexive response to a stimulus not completely blunted by a "light" anesthetic. This does NOT mean the patient is aware of what is happening. These are two entirely different...

ACGME Minimums For Anesthesiology Residents

I wanted to share what the accreditation council for graduate medical education (ACGME) deems to be "minimums" for anesthesiology residents to perform over the course of their residency training. Cardiac Cardiac cases with cardiopulmonary bypass:...

My Changing Views About Anesthesiology

In high school, I distinctly remember viewing the field of anesthesiology as one for the weaklings. Something that's easy. Something which requires knowing a few drugs, some simple procedures, and having the luxury of...

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...

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