Episode 176: Keywords Part 11: Barbiturates and Bier Blocks

In this 176th episode I welcome Dr. Gillian Isaac back to the show to discuss another 2 ABA key words. This time we discuss Barbiturates and Bier Blocks. I also take a moment up front to share some thoughts on the horrible tragedy of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the police and the importance of acknowledging white privilege and fighting for the fact that Black Lives Matter.

Reference: Clinical Anesthesia. Publication Year: 2017. Edition: 8th Ed. Authors/Editor: Barash, Paul G.; Cullen, Bruce F.; Stoelting, Robert K.; Cahalan, Michael K.; et al.
Outline by Brian Park, MD

Awakening after a single dose of thiopental is caused by redistribution from the brain primarily to which of the following sites?
(A) Fat
(B) Heart
(C) Liver
(D) Lung

Discussion (11:00)

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Episode 174: Keywords Part 10: OR Fires and Electrical Safety

In this 174th episode I welcome back Dr. Gillian Isaac to discuss another 2 highly tested ABA keywords, OR fires and electrical safety in the OR.

OR Fires

Fire Triangle (2:52)
Most important aspect of OR fire management? (3:22)

Risk for airway fire during laser resection of tracheal tumor DECREASED in
A. CO2 rather than GAD laser
B. Helium > 60%
C. N2O > 60%
D. PVC ETT
E. Halothane in mixture

Discussion (5:24)


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Episode 57: Bugs and Drugs Part 2 With Rachel Kruer

In this episode, episode 57, I welcome back Rachel Kruer, our amazing SICU pharmacist and we complete our two part series on bugs and drugs in the ICU.  We discuss different infections that are commonly seen in ICUs and how to treat them.

Episode Notes

Episode 56: Bugs and Drugs Part 1 with Rachel Kruer

In this episode, episode 56, I welcome Rachel Kruer to the show.  Rachel is one of our amazing ICU pharmacists and we discuss common bacteria and the drugs we use to treat them.  This is part 1 of a 2 part series that I’ll be doing with Rachel on this topic.


Skip to specific topics:

Pharmacodynamics vs. Pharmacokinetics (1:08)
Categorizing Bacteria (7:10)
Beta-Lactams (12:10)
Aztreonam (19:40)
Carbapenems (21:20)
Case Examples (24:20)
Fluoroquinolones (30:36)
Vancomycin (33:15)
Aminoglycosides (35:31)
Macrolides (39:45)
Linezolid (40:33)
Daptomycin (43:05)
Sulfonamide Antibiotics (44:05)
Clindamycin (45:49)
Colistin (47:17)
Glycylcycline (48:43)
Metronidazole (Flagyl) (49:55)
Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (51:11)
Surgical Prophylaxis (53:40)

Outline by April Liu
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Episode 1: Properties and laws of volatile anesthetics

This is a very high yield episode to help you review for the anesthesia board exam.  I cover the board key word section entitled gas laws which includes a focus on volatile anesthetics, their properties, and how they act on, and in, the human body.

Topics covered will include:

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