Author: Kris

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement

Our hospital will be partaking in the Medtronic APOLLO study. The data so far from other hospitals in an easy to read format. PPT from Duke 2017 Peri-procedural imaging for transcatheter mitral valve replacement. Cardiovasc Diagn Ther. 2016 Apr; 6(2): 144–159. Role of echocardiography for catheter-based management of valvular heart disease. Journal of Cardiology 69 (2017) 66–73. EAE/ASE

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Responsibility for your own health

I was shocked to see that the NHS could ban surgery for the obese and smokers.  That’s socialized medicine.  You take a conglomerate group of people (the UK) on a limited budget for healthcare… and basically find the cheapest most cost-effective way to deliver healthcare.  But in a way, it’s empowering patients to take responsibility

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Suprascapular blocks

Trends are evolving in decreasing intraoperative and postoperative opioid use.  Therefore, anesthesiologists are constantly learning new regional techniques to help with postoperative pain.  For shoulder surgeries, I’ve moved away from interscalene blocks toward supraclavicular blocks.  I think the interscalene block provides a better block of a total shoulder surgery, however, certain patient comorbidities often make

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Emergency Checklists

It seems like in today’s day and age, emergencies are occurring everywhere.  From hurricanes to shooters to earthquakes and fires… I think it’s always important to know what to do.  Here are some fabulous checklists I’ve found for getting through those emergencies.  These are not substitutions for knowledge and training.  Clinical judgement warranted. Emergency Manual

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