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What? No Propofol?

Not the best news for the New Year, but something that we all need to be aware of and get a little outraged over, just the same. I have already written before about how Propofol is your friend and mine. Now, some insurance companies have determined that its use is medically unnecessary for colonoscopies. This is […]

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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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  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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  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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Contact!

   In my field, establishing a patient/anesthetist relationship is not something that develops and grows over time or multiple visits. YOU and I generally meet for the first (and sometimes last) time on the day of your surgery; in fact, sometimes literally minutes before your operation.  Our personal interaction can be somewhat likened to speed dating. […]

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  One of the most widely misunderstood and underappreciated modes of anesthesia deserves mention here – the spinal anesthetic. By injecting between 1 and 3 ml of local anesthetic directly into the spinal fluid, a profound, time-limited block of sensation and mobility can be achieved. This is a very useful way to provide the surgeon a way to […]

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I’ve been asked many questions as an anesthetist. YOU want to know what drugs I will give you, how I will give them, how long will they last? You inquire about why you need an IV, why is it so cold in the operating room, why do you have to remove your dentures before your operation. You’ve asked […]

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Talk to me

(or, How do I know YOU are in pain if you are asleep and can’t tell me?) Ahh. There’s the rub. YOU talked to me when we met. We talked all about your anesthetic. YOU made a few jokes; I smiled and understood. I seemed like a nice person to you – reasonable, not crazed or callous or […]

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Chew on this

   How do you handle a hungry man? No, the correct answer is not to give him a manhandler; that is, unless you are interested in cancelling his surgery….  NPO (Latin: nil per os) Nothing by mouth YOU get a phone call from XYZ Hospital, maybe the day before your scheduled surgery. “You can eat or […]

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I write this entry at the risk of losing readership. I speak not as your girlfriend, nor am I interested in your appearance. YOU are a human being who may be coming to my OR one day, and it is MY responsibility to not only anesthetize you without killing you, but to have you leave my care […]

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