Tag: Medicine

The healthcare debate

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Here it is.  I didn’t want to opine, but it’s here and I can’t get away from the topic.  I see it at work.  I watch it at home.  It comes up in discussions…  so in order to make it stop, I’m going to give you an idea of what I see and what I

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Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery from an anesthesiologist’s perspective. #cardiac #mitral #tee #minimallyinvasive #robot #anesthesia #meded

Surgically, more and more cases are performed through tiny incisions for minimal scarring.  Don’t let that underestimate the size of the procedure.  For example, mitral valve surgery is still a common procedure that involves a sternotomy (“cracking the chest”) and stopping the heart — it’s a big procedure.  However, surgeons have become adept at making

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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 comparison of the effects of dexmedetomidine, fentanyl and esmolol on prevention of hemodynamic response to intubation

A study out of Turkey… Curious to see how this works in our ASA 3 and 4 CABG cases. The comparison of the effects of dexmedetomidine, fentanyl and esmolol on prevention of hemodynamic response to intubation. Rev. Bras. Anestesiol. vol.64 no.5 Campinas Sept./Oct. 2014

Not everything is taught in med school

I came across this excerpt from Atul Gawande while browsing the TED articles. What doctors don’t learn about death and dying It made me realize that only the basic factoids for a foundation in medicine are taught in medical school.  The article should open the eyes of my peers; it is ok to accept and understand

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Board Certification has gone too far #NYT #medicine #doctors #physicians #anesthesia #certification #exams

This was a piece from 12/16/14 in the NYT Op Ed section titled Stop Wasting Doctors’ Time: Board-Certification Has Gone Too Far My thoughts: After spending thousands of dollars taking certification exams and keeping up in the medical field (journals, courses, online, CMEs etc.)… sometimes it really does make you wonder about the utility of

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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 to let go

I came across this blog post and was really struck by it’s honesty regarding the nature of medicine and death/dying. Back in 2011, I was faced with a very real scenario regarding my father’s health. Throughout medical school, we are taught to do no harm. However, there is a fine line between living and just

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