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Monthly Archive for October, 2007

  A stunning fall morning. Cool, crisp, and comfortable; the skies so, so clear. The weatherman predicts the high around 70 degrees. The air is so still – it’s hardly moving at all. It’s one of those days that makes you feel glad to be alive. You pat the dog, and kiss your spouse goodbye – what shall […]

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In my previous life, before I became an anesthetist, I had worked for years in critical care and PACU. I became quite familiar with the care of post-operative patients and the issues that surround operative care. When I decided to start my family, I carefully read every book I could lay my hands on about a natural, well-planned […]

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  If there is one drug which truly enhances the arsenal of an anesthesia provider, that drug would be Propofol. What is Propofol? Chemically described as diisopropylphenol, it is an emulsion; it is white, it contains soybean oil. It is a sedative-hypnotic agent that is used for the induction and maintenance of both general and […]

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  Imagine going to work everyday and the only thing you can see on your co-workers’ faces is their eyes. Such is the parallel universe that is the Operating Room. We all wear masks in the OR. It is for our protection, and yours. Surgery can be messy; “things” can splatter. And our germs are nasty; all […]

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  What really goes on in the Operating Room while you are asleep? I get asked this question by friends and family all of the time. “Are they talking about me?” “Laughing at me?” “Commenting about my thighs?” None of the above, really. Conversations in the OR can range from sports to politics to gossip, […]

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Amazing grace

  The pre-op holding area is a busy place. Patients scheduled for surgery begin filing in on their stretchers at the crack of dawn. Each patient gets parked at a separate bay; the room fills quickly, empty slots being filled faster than a train station parking lot during rush hour. Hustle and bustle, checking names and ID […]

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