10 MEDICAL INACCURACIES IN FAMOUS MOVIE SCENES . . . AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST’S ANALYSIS

  I love the movies, but it can be painful to watch medical scenes where the facts are distorted, sometimes so much that the storyline is implausible. Let’s take a look at 10 famous Hollywood movies, and at the inaccuracies of medically mistaken surgical/anesthetic/critical care scenes in those films: Million Dollar Baby (2004). This film […]

IS THE PRIVATE PRACTICE OF ANESTHESIA DOOMED?

A question I’m frequently asked is: What is the future of private practice in anesthesiology? First off, let’s define “private practice.” The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines private practice as: “a professional business (such as that of a lawyer or doctor) that is not controlled or paid for by the government or a larger company (such […]

PREANESTHESIA CLEARANCE FROM PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS: TWO QUESTIONS

Many patients require preoperative clearance prior to surgery, especially patients with significant medical problems or at extremes of age. Preanesthesia evaluation reduces surgical and medical complications. Some health care systems run preoperative anesthesia clinics, where anesthesia professionals evaluate these patients prior to surgery. Such clinics can increase operating room efficiency and decrease day-of-surgery cancellations and […]