Category: Call

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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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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OB Anesthesia

Today, I’m on call covering OB. MGH: OB anesthesia Q&A for patients BWH: OB anesthesia Q&A for patients IARS 2010: OB anesthesia in the 21st century IARS 2011: OB anesthesia update A&A 2013: A Randomized Controlled Comparison of Epidural Analgesia and Combined Spinal-Epidural Analgesia in a Private Practice Setting: Pain Scores During First and Second

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The 10 most stressful situations in anesthesiology from an anesthesiologist’s perspective

These aren’t my own thought, however, I can easily agree with the list below.  One of the things that was left off this list was pediatric hearts.  I had the chance to do a one month pediatric cardiac anesthesia rotation at a very busy Children’s hospital and it was definitely an eye opening experience.  Teeny

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The Operating Room

Originally posted on Life at Hogwarts College of Medicine:
Originally written in mid-January I was about to sit down for a warm pre-dinner snack of daal, rice, and tilapia when my phone buzzed insistently from the tabletop. I stood there for a moment, staring at the screen, until I processed the words, “meet me in 30…

24 hours with an anesthesiologist

A piece I’d like to submit for: CNN Money 24 hours With….an anesthesiologist About Kris: I grew up in a small west Texas town called Abilene, TX. My mom was a standard tiger mom in that she encouraged me to pursue multiple activities while nudging me to do my best. After drama lessons, tennis lessons, basketball, volleyball,

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When the bark is louder than the bite

In residency, you learn to deal with many different personalities.  This ranges from super sweet and helpful to utterly cruel and egotistical.  At MGH, our CA-3 year was spent running the call schedule on night call (the first-call experience).  It’s a terrific experience in prioritizing as well as organizing your team to prepare for what rolls

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