Episode 27: Airway Management

In this episode I review the ABA topic of airway management.  This is obviously a huge topic but in this episode I highlight key points about the components of airway management recommended by the ABA including identification of a difficult airway, management of a difficult airway, the difficult airway algorithm, different tools and adjuncts, and different types of tubes.  This will be the final post of 2016.  Thanks so much to all of you for listening and being a part of ACCRAC’s inaugural year in 2016.  Here’s wishing you a wonderful start to your 2017!

Outline by April Liu: Episode 27

Episode 26: Sugammadex with Dr. Amit Prabhakar

In this episode I welcome Dr. Amit Prabhakar, one of our critical care fellows, to the show to discuss Sugammadex, a relatively recently approved (in the USA) reversal agent for Rocuronium and Vecuronium.

Outline by Brian Park: Sugammadex outline

Episode 25: Advanced Ventilator Modes With Dr. Scott Stephens

In this episode I am joined once again by Dr. Scott Stephens as we review advanced ventilator modes, prone positioning, and ventilation of patients on VV ECMO.

Outline by April Liu: Outline

The fantastic review article I mentioned is: Mireles-Cabodevila E. Et al. Alternative Modes of mechanical ventilation: A review for the hospitalist. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. 2009(75);7:417-430.

Pubmed link here

Episode 24: The Evils of Sodium Bicarbonate

In this episode I first suggest you take a look at the recently published (ahead of print) VANCS study on the use of vasopressin as a sole agent in the treatment of vasoplegic shock.  Then I review the reasons never to use sodium bicarbonate in lactic acidosis.

The Vancs study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27841822

The two articles I recommend on bicarb:

Forsythe: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10631227

Sabatini: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18322160

Outline by Brian Park: Outline

Episode 23: Basic Ventilator Review with Dr. Scott Stephens

In this episode I welcome Dr. Scott Stephens, Pulmonary Critical Care Physician at Johns Hopkins to the show. Dr. Stephens and I discuss basic ventilator settings, how to appropriately ventilate patients with hypoxemic vs. hypercarbic respiratory failure and how to think about weaning patients off of the ventilator.

Outline by Brian Park: Outline

Episode 22: Postop Visual Loss with Dr. Joe Hughes

In this episode I interview Dr. Joseph Hughes, one of our neuro anesthesiologists, about the history, etiology, pathophysiology and prevention of postoperative visual loss.

We refer to a thromboelastogram which looks like this.  It is the fibrinolysis portion that can be prevented with tranexamic acid (TXA):


High Yield Outline by Brian Park can be found here: Outline

Episode 21: ERAS with Dr. Chris Wu

In this episode I interview Dr. Chris Wu, professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and internationally renowned expert in Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways.  We discuss the different aspects of ERAS pathways and the evidence for improved outcomes.

The ERAS society website can be found here: http://erassociety.org

Check out this fantastic outline of the episode put together by Brian Park: ERAS outline


Episode 18: Tips and Tricks for Line Placement

In this episode I go over some tips and tricks for maximizing your success with peripheral IVs, arterial lines, central venous catheters and pulmonary artery catheters (Swan Ganz catheters).

The New England Journal videos that I recommend you take a look at for detailed reviews of each of these are here:

And this is a great article from Ausmed on assessing and caring for peripheral IVs: Click Here