Episode 125: Abusive Head Trauma with Erik Smith

In this 125th episode I welcome Dr. Erik Smith to the show to discuss Abusive Head Trauma (formerly known as shaken baby syndrome). We discuss how victims present, what to look out for, how to manage their anesthesia, how to report, and how it can impact providers.


Christian, C. W., Block, R., Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, & American Academy of Pediatrics. (2009). Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Children. PEDIATRICS123(5), 1409–1411. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-0408

Gazoni, F. M., Amato, P. E., Malik, Z. M., & Durieux, M. E. (2012). The Impact of Perioperative Catastrophes on Anesthesiologists. Anesthesia & Analgesia114(3), 596–603. https://doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0b013e318227524e

Kochanek, P. M., Tasker, R. C., Carney, N., Totten, A. M., Adelson, P. D., Selden, N. R., … Wainwright, M. S. (2019). Guidelines for the Management of Pediatric Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Third Edition. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine20, S1–S82. https://doi.org/10.1097/PCC.0000000000001735

Lee, J. K., Brady, K. M., & Deutsch, N. (2016). The Anesthesiologist’s Role in Treating Abusive Head Trauma. Anesthesia & Analgesia122(6), 1971–1982. https://doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000001298

Smith, E. B., Lee, J. K., Vavilala, M. S., & Lee, S. A. (2019). Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury and Associated Topics: An Overview of Abusive Head Trauma, Nonaccidental Trauma, and Sports Concussions. Anesthesiology Clinics37(1), 119–134. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.ANCLIN.2018.10.002

Vavilala, M. S., Lee, L. A., & Lam, A. M. (2003). The lower limit of cerebral autoregulation in children during sevoflurane anesthesia. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology15(4), 307–312. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14508171

Episode 123: Surgical Airway with Andrew Merelman

In this 123rd episode I welcome Andrew Merelman to the show. Andrew is a paramedic and medical student with an interest in emergent surgical airway management. We discuss the human factors involved in the procedure, when it is indicated, how to do it and how to practice.

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Airway Ap information:


iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/the-airway-app/id1112657910?mt=8

Android- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.parse.airway&hl=en 

3D printed models – https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12630-017-0926-9 Videos: