Tag Archives: surgical

Moving Beyond the Question “Can You Walk Up 10 Stairs?”

Posted on 12/10/19 by Allied Anesthesia

Integrating Accelerometers and More in Your Surgical Risk Assessment How do you typically assess a patient’s functional capacity, or their ability to perform submaximal physical daily activities prior to surgery? As you are aware, this capacity plays a major role in the perioperative cardiovascular evaluation (as well as the perioperative and postoperative management) of your […]

Is Four-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate the Answer to Coagulopathy Prevention?

Posted on 11/19/19 by Allied Anesthesia

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 […]

Best Practices for Surgical Patients on Chronic Steroid Therapy

Posted on 10/04/19 by Allied Anesthesia

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 […]