Episode 43: Maternal Physiology with Mike Hofkamp

In this episode, episode 43, I welcome Dr. Mike Hofkamp to the show.  Dr. Hofkamp is Director of OB Anesthesia at Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.  We discuss the changes to women’s physiology when they become pregnant and the implications of those changes for anesthetic management.

Outline by April Liu: Episode 43

5 Replies to “Episode 43: Maternal Physiology with Mike Hofkamp”

  1. Is anyone else having trouble listening to this episode? I only get silence and the rest of my episodes play well. Thanks for your help!

  2. One of the great points made during this episode I wanted to highlight was referenced in this year’s “knowledge gap” report to the ITE exam. Dr. Hofkamp mentions that the increased plasma volume and cardiac output is all “seen by” the kidney. Therefore the ‘normal’ creatinine for a pregnant person is lower than for a non-pregnant person.

    The knowledge gap points out, “The increase in creatinine clearance that occurs with pregnancy returns to prepregnant levels 8 to 12 weeks postpartum” which corresponds to the timeframe when a plasma volume might return to prepregnancy levels.

    This episode definitely earned me an extra point, thanks guys!

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