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This is a topic that I have been continuously exploring for the past 4 years. It all started out with a question that I had with an attending whether patient has pain under general anesthesia. It is a fundamental question but a key question that laid foundation to pain management. Based on the definition of pain,...
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Hi everyone, I hope your week is going well. I have recently played with ultrasound more often at work and grow fond of it. The topic on airway is one of my favorites since we have to deal with this everyday. In addition, we had a lost airway case. This made me think what we...
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Recently I had a conversation with one of my colleagues regarding tight blood pressure control intraoperatively. I was told that the blood pressure should be strictly controlled within 10% of resting pressure based on this study from JAMA in 2017. As you all know me, I don’t take other people’s word for it. I like...
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I have been working at an University Medical Center for almost two years. Often times, I take over all day long cases as I am the late person in the OR. Most of those cases are spine cases. As we all know, ERAS protocol has been implemented in most of the big spine cases. They...
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So, think about. You’ve just given this great anesthetic. During the pre-operative period, you were able to make your nervous patient laugh, smile and with the help of versed, become more comfortable with you. You have an uneventful intra-operative course and only used standard medications: fentanyl, lidocaine, propofol, rocuronium, sugammadex, decadron and zofran. Now, the...
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Most of us routinely administer decadron and zofran in the OR. Recently, I started at an academic medical center and noticed providers frequently use Haldol for PONV prophylaxis. Initially, I was completely against using this anti-psychotic medication as part of my PONV regimen. However, with a little bit of knowledge and research, I’ve changed my...
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Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I can’t believe it is almost Christmas. Time flew by. I have been absent for a little while as I mentioned that I started my new job at an academic center. Starting this August, I took on research projects. I have submitted two prospective clinical research...
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This topic has been on my mind for about a year. But I wasn’t able to find a satisfactory answer until recently. Here is my story with the use of cisatricurium and the rocuronium for a patient who has ESRD. About a year ago, I was doing an abdominal wound closure. Patient had wound vac...
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As some of you remembered, I have recently changed my job to a university academic center where I have picked up a few new tricks and some new understandings of the effects of common drugs we use. I would love to share one of my favorites with you.  I am in love with no narcotics induction because...
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