Awake Tracheostomy

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They say that anesthesiology is 95% comfy and relaxed and the other 5% is “oh shit”!  It’s a great career choice — pretty flexible hours, great patient contact, broad spectrum medicine, crisis management, leadership role, etc.

There happened to be an interesting case in the OR — awake tracheostomy for a patient coming in from home.

What’s a tracheotomy?

Evaluation of the airway PPT

The Difficult Airway in Head and Neck Tumor Surgery

Anesthesia for tracheostomy for huge maxillofacial tumor. From SJA: CASE REPORT Year : 2014 | Volume : 8 | Issue : 1 | Page : 124-127

Our patient had two prior tracheotomies all with successful decannulation.  His most recent trach was about 2.5 months ago (which a fiberoptic intubation was used with a 6.0 ETT).   He had a neck cancer with a rapidly growing tongue base tumor that seems to be less responsive to chemo than his shrinking neck tumor.  Because of the enlarging size of the tongue base tumor, he is starting to notice worsening stridor without his trach.  The ENT surgeon evaluated his airway just days before and deemed it unintubateable.  Therefore, my plan was to have a pedi FO scope with 5.0 cuffed ETT (smallest available in our OR), glidescope, emergency cric supplies (14g angio cath, 3cc syringe with plunger removed and 7.0 ETT adapter hooked into the end of the syringe), jet ventilator and tubes, and ENT surgeon.

We decided to use a bit of midazolam as well as Precedex for the awake trach.  The dosing on the package says 1 mcg/kg for 10 minutes then 0.7 mcg/kg/hr.  We started with 0.5 mcg/kg for 10 minutes then 0.5 mcg/kg/hr.  This regimen worked well as we started it in preop and monitored his SpO2 as he dozed off but was easily aroused to voice and gentle touch.

The Role of Dexmedetomidine for Awake Trach

Monitors were placed in the OR and we used a face mask running 10 L/min O2 with ETCO2 monitoring.  Every now and then he would obstruct while lying supine, therefore, we placed a nasal trumpet to aid the obstruction.  The surgeon localized the surgical area. See video for procedure.

The patient coughed once the trachea was perforated, but it was short lived as the surgeons were able to place the trach and hookup to our anesthesia circuit.  After confirming ETCO2, we pushed propofol IV and the remainder of the case was performed under general anesthesia (direct laryngoscopy and biopsy by surgeon).

Key take home points

  • Effective communication with the patient pre-op: expectations, sedation, potential complications.
  • Arm yourself! Do this like you would a difficult airway! Fiberoptic intubation supplies, glidescope, emergency cricothyroidotomy supplies, backup LMA, extra hands on deck (grab your anesthesia colleagues, anesthesia techs, extra help!), ENT… it never hurts to be over prepared!
  • Deliberate, effective communication with the ENT colleague across the drape.
  • Document any intubation performed, tools used, trachs placed so your anesthesia colleagues will know what worked in the past to secure an airway.
  • Breathe a sigh of relief bc these kind of cases are extremely uncommon!  Pat yourself on the back for a job well-done!

Now check out this amazing Case Report on a patient with a massive maxillofacial tumor!

Which programming language to learn for beginners? #code #coding #progamming

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Kris:

Medicine and technology should merge. Check out the best programming languages to learn for a beginner.

Originally posted on Love. Laughter. Life. Medicine.:

When starting something new… ask the experts!

Ever since graduating college, I’ve always had an interest in technology.  In fact, it probably started before college when I got my first Commodore 64.  However, a busy life and other hobbies have always led me to pursue those passions over my technological curiosity.  Well, now that I’m in a great place in my life to explore other venues and really use my creativity to explore…I want to know where to start!

So, I went to Google (of course!).

Radar: Which Language Should You Learn First? –> Javascript

Lifehacker: 5 Best Programming Languages for First-time Learners –> Java, Ruby, Python, C/C++, Javascript

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Lifehacker: Which programming language should I learn first?

The Next Web: Best programming languages breakdown

Bento: Showcases the best resources for learning to code  –> Bento

Best Programming Languages to Learn 2014 –> Java, C, C++, Python, C#, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby…

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OB Anesthesia

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Today, I’m on call covering OB.

MGH: OB anesthesia Q&A for patients

BWH: OB anesthesia Q&A for patients

IARS 2010: OB anesthesia in the 21st century

IARS 2011: OB anesthesia update

A&A 2013: A Randomized Controlled Comparison of Epidural Analgesia and Combined Spinal-Epidural Analgesia in a Private Practice Setting: Pain Scores During First and Second Stages of Labor and at Delivery

Indian J Anesthesia 2006: Acute Pain – Labour Analgesia

Presentation on mobile epidural

2014: CONTINUOUS VERSUS PATIENT-CONTROLLED EPIDURAL ANALGESIA FOR LABOUR ANALGESIA AND THEIR EFFECTS ON MATERNAL MOTOR FUNCTION AND AMBULATION

June 2011: Update on rural OB anesthesia

Oct 2013: Presentation on Labor analgesia. Epidural vs CSE, bolus v infusions

Lately, I’ve been changing my regimen for pain control with PCEA.  It seems most of my partners use a 10ml/hr basal rate, 5ml bolus dose, 10 minute lockout, and 30 ml/hr max.

My strategy for PCEA (0.0625% bupi + 2mcg/ml fentanyl):

  • 5ml/hr basal rate
  • 10ml bolus
  • 20 minute lockout
  • 35 ml/hr max

Anesth Analges 2007: A Comparison of a Basal Infusion with Automated Mandatory Boluses in Parturient-Controlled Epidural Analgesia During Labor.

ASA Nov 2001: PCEA during labor

Br J Anaesth 2010:Labour analgesia and obstetric outcomes.

Neuraxial anesthesia in the non-pregnant patient

Anesthesiology Research and Practice 2012: Recent advances in epidural analgesia.

Br J Anaesth 2012: Failed epidural: causes and management.