As you know, postoperative pulmonary complications, or pulmonary injury, is a well-documented group of complications that occur after most major surgeries. With these complications come the following negative outcomes: Increased patient mortality rate by four times Increased hospital and ICU length of stay More than $20,000 in institutional expenses (per event) Among your cardiac surgery […]
As you know, coagulopathy — common in trauma and perioperative bleeding — must be addressed. When this situation presents, increased morbidity and mortality result, and “anticoagulation can further increase a patient’s risk of developing coagulopathic bleeding.” Is four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) the answer? Can it help anesthesiologists better manage patients who are receiving direct […]
When patients on chronic steroid therapy show up for surgery, many of us are uncertain about what to do. As you know, when a chronic steroid-use patient presents for surgery, they carry with them a potential complication: the possibility of developing secondary adrenal insufficiency, which can translate into full-scale adrenal crisis. So, what is secondary […]
What medical practitioner hasn’t struggled with pain management before, during and after surgery? The relief of postoperative pain, in particular, continues to challenge practitioners today. As you know, even after minor surgical procedures, more than 50% of patients experience moderate to severe pain. So, it naturally follows: We are always looking for the next best […]
Many of the doctors here at Allied Anesthesia are pediatric anesthesia experts and parents. We know how stressful it can be to have a child undergo a significant medical procedure and receive general anesthesia—especially when the child is very young and unable to understand what’s going on or communicate how they are feeling. More importantly, […]
Undergoing serious medical procedures can be stressful at any age, but when you’re a parent and the patient is your young child, it’s particularly worrying. Aside from concerns about the nature of the procedure itself, many parents are hesitant to expose children to general anesthesia for fear that the medicine might have a negative impact […]
Many people think of an anesthesiologist’s role as limited to providing comfort during surgery—that our role begins and ends in the operating room. As our patients and their families know, anesthesiologists do much more. At Allied, we specialize in pediatric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, and chronic pain management. Other examples of anesthesiologist specialties are neuroanesthesia or […]
Winter isn’t all festive holiday cheer and new beginnings in the New Year—it’s also (unfortunately) synonymous with cold & flu season. But there are two things you can do during the winter months (and the rest of the year!) to stay as healthy as possible. As anesthesiologists, handwashing is a critical part of our daily […]
ALLIED ANSWERS & INSIGHTS Anesthesia awareness is what people often refer to as “waking up” during surgery. It’s one of the greatest concerns among patients scheduled for surgical procedures. And this makes sense considering the terrifying urban legends around anesthesia awareness. Those stories are enough to make anyone think twice about going under.
ALLIED ANSWERS & INSIGHTS By Dr. Peter Sawras Last month, I brought up the issue of the U.S. opiate drug crisis and the need for alternatives to opiate drugs. Drugs like morphine are important during recovery from major surgery, but other methods of pain management exist.