Everyone has their own way to answer questions and describe concepts. Some students really appreciate my approach. One particular student encouraged me to produce some audio files of my discussions and answers. This podcast is named in honor of this student's encouragement.
The information that I present is accurate to the best of my knowledge and research, but I don't claim perfection.
Author: Tim Gengler, DNAP, CRNA, assistant clinical professor
Non-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring and Fluid Management. A brief discussion
Our understanding of fluid management, like many topics in healthcare, seems to be ever-changing. An entire course could be dedicated to addressing the topic of fluid replacement, so this is a brief introduction. In today's episode, I discuss the NICOM, their reliability, and how they are used in fluid management. I also discuss what current literature recommends regarding fluid management (goal-directed fluid therapy, ERAS protocols, and general fluid management).
Induction. Not Just a Mystical Ceremony
Inducing general anesthesia is quite overwhelming to the new learner. With time it becomes second nature. However, the purposes of the medications that we use are frequently forgotten in the vast amount of data that is being assimilated. In this episode, the common induction drugs are reviewed along with the reasoning for their use.
Do we REALLY need to pre-oxygenate?
Pre-oxygenation seems like an easy step in preparing for anesthesia induction. For the newer students, they have not likely had enough experience to appreciate the importance. For the seasoned practitioner, they are skilled enough, that the importance can sometimes be forgotten. In this episode, you will find a brief discussion of the importance and the math behind why it works.
There is more to BIS than just 40 to 60
The Bispectral Index (BIS) monitor can be a great tool in anesthesia, especially with the use of total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA). However, to use it correctly you must interpret all of the output data, not just look for a BIS value of 40 to 60. This episode is a brief discussion of the basics of using a BIS monitor.
FiO2. Is it really that big of a deal?
FiO2 selection in anesthesia often doesn't get a much thought as it probably deserves. Here I will discuss the shortcomings of the WHO recommendations, some of the drawbacks to high FiO2, and what you can do.
What mode is your ventilator in?
This is the continuation of the basic ventilator discussion. Here I discuss basic ventilator modes and some of the rationale for using each.