Category: Rants

The physician anesthesiologist vs. CRNA debate

Why is this even a debate? It seems to me that the CRNA-led debate is financial… once you tease through all the fluff. So here’s some literature I found: Evidence-based review did NOT find nurse anesthetists’ care equal to that of physician anesthesiologists Unsupervised anesthesia care by a nurse anesthetist is a threat to patient

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Oppose AB 72 #politics #healthcare #anesthesia

Subject: I’m strongly “Opposed” to AB 72 (Bonta). As a physician anesthesiologist, I routinely treat patients during life’s most difficult and uncertain moments, often in life-sustaining surgeries. I agree that patients should not be surprised by out-of-network charges that can arise during these difficult times. However, AB 72 (Bonta) shifts the onus of arranging for

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Career path: anesthesiologist

If you’re an anesthesiologist or in anesthesiology, you should check out this guy’s blog. He’s real and states it how it is.  Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot of what he describes here: http://www.blog.greatzs.com/2016/03/a-hard-days-night.html?m=1 I think in residency it was a tad easier to deal with the insane work hours bc all my friends were

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Anesthesia without a trained anesthesiologist

There was an article in the Washington Post: New machine could one day replace anesthesiologists. I don’t know about that.  The trial is done on “healthy” patients for colonoscopies — a procedure that’s commonly performed under sedation.  What happens when you get an unhealthy patient or a patient who doesn’t have a diagnosed disease (obstructive

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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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Don’t Dismantle the TAVR Heart Team

Originally posted on invasivecardiology:
There is global debate how to make TAVR procedures less expensive. Some sites changed from general anesthesia to sedation, some go even beyond that and keep patients fully awake during the procedure. Some sites eliminated anesthesiologists, some even eliminated the surgeons, as well. All this in the name of cost reduction,…