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  On call this past weekend, I was paged to the post-partum floor to evaluate a young woman who had vaginally delivered a healthy baby boy 16 hours ago. Her chief complaint? Intractable back pain. [Background: She had delivered 2 babies aided by an epidural block in the past, and complained of back pain during this […]

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  There is nothing more instantly gratifying for an anesthesia provider than relieving someone’s pain. This can be both the lure and the catch that reels in so many nurses and physicians that go into this specialty. When patients are asleep for surgery, we deliver some of their analgesia proactively, in anticipation of the expected […]

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The power of our drugs never ceases to amaze me. Take muscle relaxants, for instance. By delivering as little as a teaspoon of a drug like rocuronium or vecuronium, we anesthesia providers can literally paralyze YOU for your surgery. This comes in pretty handy when your surgeon does not want you to move during your operation! […]

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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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Giving anesthesia is an interesting calling. It requires careful, dilligent planning and analysis to be able to sit back for a few hours in your chair at the head of the bed and appear to be doing nothing. Anesthesia providers are the brunt of many jokes   – about how we read the newpaper, do crosswords, or basically […]

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  Sometimes, You need anesthesia. It happens to the best of us. Healthy lifestyler or living on the edge. Vice-free or poly-substance abuser. Female or male. Thin or fat. Young or old.  And everything in-between. Sometimes You need to have an “intervention” done – surgery, special study, endoscopy – and You will need anesthesia. Although […]

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