AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST’S SALARY

How much money does an anesthesiologist earn? Let me begin by offering two anecdotes: I was an invited visiting anesthesia professor at a major university this year, and following one of my lectures an anesthesiology resident approached me for a discussion. During our conversation he revealed that his student loan debt was $300,000. In 2014 […]

DENTAL ANESTHESIA DEATHS . . . GENERAL ANESTHESIA FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS IN DENTAL OFFICES

GENERAL ANESTHESIA FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS IN DENTAL OFFICES   CASE PRESENTATION: A 5-year-old developmentally delayed autistic boy has multiple dental cavities. The dentist consults you, a physician anesthesiologist, to do sedation or anesthesia for dental restoration. What do you do? DISCUSSION: Children periodically die in dental offices due to complications of general anesthesia or intravenous […]

WHAT’S NEW UNDER THE ANESTHESIA SUN? LETTER GRADES FOR 13 MAJOR CHANGES IN THE LAST TEN YEARS OF OUR PROFESSION:

    SUGAMMADEX – The long awaited reversal agent for neuromuscular paralysis reached the market in 2016, and by my review, the drug is wonderful. I’ve found sugammadex to reverse rocuronium paralysis in less than a minute in every patient who has at least one twitch from a nerve stimulator. The dose is expensive at […]

WOULD YOU GIVE AN NFL QUARTERBACK A PERIPHERAL NERVE BLOCK?

This column is directed to anesthesia professionals. You’re scheduled to anesthetize an NFL quarterback for a shoulder arthroscopy and rotator cuff repair. The patient earns $20 million dollars per year for throwing footballs. Would you feel comfortable inserting a needle into his neck to do a regional anesthetic? Would you feel comfortable doing an interscalene […]