Category Archives: Anesthesia

INTUBATION IN ARREST – AGAIN

Another study on airway management in cardiac arrest was just published in JAMA. The study was done in Denmark, where all intubations elective and emergency are done by anaesthestetists. It was a retrospective study, where they matched intubated patients with … Continue reading






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USE ULTRASOUND FOR FEMORAL CANNULATION IN ARREST

For vascular access, you still hear the old “We don’t have time for using ultrasound – this is an emergency!”. In many settings, the old landmark techniques are quick and good in experienced hands. But when going for the femoral … Continue reading






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CAN PLATELETS TAKE THE HEAT – OR CRACK UNDER PRESSURE?

Old dogma die hard. One of them is not heating platelets when giving transfusions. This breaks up the flow of transfusions and makes the process somewhat erratic. But the platelets are obviously heated when entering the body – the extra … Continue reading






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BCheE

I found an editorial in BJA that describes an issue with succinylcholine I wasn’t really aware of. Butyrylcholinesterase (BCheE) hyperactivity. BCheE is the non-specific cholinesterase that rapidly hydrolyses succinylcholine in the blood so that only 10% of the injected drug … Continue reading






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DIRECT LARYNGOSCOPY KILLED THE VIDEO STAR?

Videolarygoscopy (VL). Brave new world. VL makes any intubation easy, and solves airway managment problems. Well, it can be a life-saver, but it also brings its own set of problems. Two new RCTs comparing VL and DL are just out. … Continue reading






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ULTRASOUND – FASTING FOR SURGERY

We’ve held on to our strict fasting regimes for decades. Gastric ultrasound is here to help us individualise our fasting rules a bit more. Gastric ultrasound has lots of uses, and lately it’s become fashionable to use it for evaluating … Continue reading






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PROPOFOL + LIDOCAINE = MAGIC

Propofol is a great anaesthetic – but it can cause pain on injection. This is one of the tricks of the trade: mix in some lidocaine in your propofol syringe, and the patient is pain free. Sounds like magic. Especially … Continue reading






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SONA – SIDE OF NECK ACCESS

How’s this for thinking outside the box in the approach to the difficult airway!? Difficult airway algorithms and advanced management options for difficult airways mostly concentrate on getting into the trachea. But what happens if getting into the trachea is … Continue reading






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OWN THE O.G.

Passing the orogastric tube can be difficult or sometimes impossible. Unfortunately a lot of patients really need their OGs and in a time-critical scenario you don’t want to spend too much time struggling with it. Here is a simple trick a senior … Continue reading






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IO DRUGS AS QUICK AS IV

IO needles are always said to be able to deliver any drug, and with the same speed and onset as their IV cousins – also in critical patients. Most of use don’t really trust that fully, I think. The ones … Continue reading






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