Avoid Tracheal Rupture: Treat The Trachea With Respect

Tracheal rupture is a rare intubation injury associated with stylet trauma & over-inflation. This article discusses predispositions and prevention. Read More …

Anesthesia Checklist: Protect Your Patients

Going through your anesthesia checklist before starting a case isn’t exciting. However the anesthesia checklist can potentially save your patient’s life by allowing you to find risks and correct them before they cause harm. I found early in my career that if I skip this step, unwelcome surprises can occur. Read More …

Clinical Calculations: Epinephrine & Local Anesthetics

Drug shortages force us to use clinical calculations to mix what we need with ingredients on hand. Clinical Calculations: Epinephrine & Local Anesthetics. Article shows how to understand drug concentrations for epinephrine and local anesthetics as well as how to perform the calculation to epinephrine and local anesthesia into different concentrations Read More …

Equipment Dead Space Affects Ventilation

Dead space is the portion of the respiratory system where tidal volume doesn’t participate in gas exchange. We often worry about anatomic and physiologic dead space. We often forget equipment dead space, the dead space belongs to any airway equipment used to assist ventilation. Ignoring equipment dead space can lead Read More …

Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine When Available

I was fortunate to recently complete my first and second COVID-19 vaccinations. No, that’s not the real Dr Fauci, my hero, celebrating my second shot me—just a cardboard cut-out. But my hero Dr. Fauci was surely there in spirit. The start of 2021 finds us still in the midst of Read More …

Anesthesia Common Sense & COVID: Protect Yourself

I’m concerned to see a growing lack of common sense in the care of elective surgical patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This lack of common sense in the time of COVID endangers the healthcare providers caring for patients. It can also put patients at risk. I remind my OR nurses Read More …

Review Published: 10 Causes of Airway Complications and How To Avoid Them

Airway injuries can kill or disable your patient. In this article, I discuss some airway complications that I, and my colleagues, experienced that were far more serious than cut lips and chipped teeth.By raising your awareness of risk, you better protect your patients from harm. Read More …

P/F Ratio Explained — Monitoring The COVID-19 Patient

P/F ratio and associated respiratory physiology explained in easy terms. How to use P/F to estimate the severity of hypoxemia and trend progression of respiratory failure in COVID-19/ARDS — even if formal blood gas determination is not readily available. #FOAMED Read More …

“Anyone Can Intubate” eBook Available At Cost During Pandemic

The ebook version of “Anyone Can Intubate: A Step By Step Guide to Intubation and Airway Management” is now available at cost on the Amazon.com platform during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More …

COVID-19 Intubation: Protect Yourself

Healthcare workers are at high risk of infection from respiratory illness during intubation and other aerosol generating activity. Article discusses risk and strategies to improve personal safety. Contains links to helpful on-line materials. Read More …

Decision-Making: Airway Abscess In A Child

The practice of anesthesia requires development of good decision-making processes, in addition to remembering knowledge and learning skills. This article explores the decision process that was used for a case of securing the airway in a young child with a large airway abscess. Read More …

Intubating With A Pediatric GlideScope

Intubating an infant or young child with a GlideScope requires age specific blades and modified technique because the anatomy of infants and toddlers differs from adults. This article discusses the modification of technique to improve successful pediatric intubation with the GlideScope. Read More …

How To Open The Airway

How to open the airway is an essential skill that every health provider should know. Of all the airway skills, it’s the easiest to master and the most likely to save lives in respiratory distress and failure. This article details recognizing airway obstruction, techniques to open the airway, and insertion of Read More …

Learning Intubation: A Beginners Guide

To learn intubation in addition to learning the physical steps, you need to understand why you’re doing those steps. This article will explain how to perform the steps of intubation, as well as the rationale behind them. Links to other articles on intubation technique appear both in the body of the text as well as repeated as a list at the end. Read More …

First Pass Intubation: When You Can’t See The Cords

Failure to see the cords on first pass intubation occurs about 10% of the time. This article describes the thought process behind the next steps for approaching the next intubation attempts. Read More …

Airway Management Review Article Published: 10 Common Pediatric Airway Problems — And Their Solutions

My review article has just been published in Anesthesiology News: 10 Common Pediatric airway Problems — And Their Solutions. The trend to only use pediatric providers has a seriously negative unintended consequence: It deprives other providers of routinely caring for children, making them less prepared for when they do inevitably have to care for a small child. This reviews the most important pediatric airway differences. Read More …

To Open The Airway, Optimally Position The Head and Neck

Discussion of how to open an airway using lateral neck X-rays to demonstrate how positioning the head and neck can either open or obstruct the airway. Read More …

Preventing Airway Emergencies

I’m in Egypt at the 35th International Conference Egyptian Anesthesia 2019. I was given the great honor of presenting my article on the 10 Rules For Approaching Difficult Intubation: Always Prepare For Failure. Preparation, Decision Making, Teamwork and Communication are key to preventing airway emergencies. Read More …