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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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  Yesterday, like most days, my patients came in all different shapes, sizes, and situations. Patient #1 was petite and frail, in her early 60’s, and only 5′ tall. She had the body habitus that we who work in the OR always love to see. Light as a feather, and easily lifted and re-positioned. Which we needed […]

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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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  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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Change of Shift will be held at Someday Nurse on September 8, and the theme will be nursing students. Nursing school was an eye-opening experience for me.  I was a nursing student about the time that dinosaurs were roaming the earth, although it really doesn’t seem like that long ago. But when I look at my 22 year […]

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So, it turned out to be another busy week in the ‘hood. Despite the searing heat and humidity, we at XYZ Hospital did not see any major INCREASE in our normal incidence of gunshot wounds and Level One Trauma incoming wounded. What we did see was more blunt trauma (2 broken jaws and 1 nasal […]

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  One of the downsides of working in a Level One Trauma Center is, well, taking care of Level One Traumas in the OR. A patient arrives to the Emergency Room labeled a Level One Trauma when he/she has acquired possible life- or limb-threatening injuries. As challenging as these cases are to manage anesthetically if they […]

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I took care of two patients today suffering from severe allergy to lead. The bullet kind. Young men, 21 and 29, barely hitting their stride, struck down (but not yet out) by lead allergy. Young Man #1 was shot a week ago, three times in the same leg. Now, I obviously do not understand the […]

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Several years ago, I had the pleasure and priviledge of giving anesthesia to one of the world’s greatest heavyweight boxing champions of all time. (HIPAA adherence notwithstanding, I will have to leave him nameless here; I will refer to him as WGBC – World’s Greatest Boxing Champ). He came to the hospital I was working […]

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