Monday, March 21, 2016
If you consider that more than 90,000 patients a day are admitted to a U.S. hospital, then it becomes even more essential that those working in the field have the very best expertise to handle your specific condition, ailment and procedure. One of the most important people working in a hospital who doesn't get nearly half the credit for the tremendous role they play is the anesthesia specialist. It takes an exceptional person to become an anesthesiologist. They must pay close attention to detail, be able to perform under tremendous amounts of pressure and work well in a team environment. Their role is vital to the entire surgical unit. That is why the very best candidates are chosen. California is a big, lucky state in the number of excellent hospitals it features. According to US News & World Report, 18 are nationally ranked and 38 others meet national high performing standards, with some of these located in northern California.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Propofol has many advantages as a sedative and anesthetic over other agents. It has a very rapid onset and an equally quick recovery time. Once the procedure is over, patients can almost immediately return to their regular activities with no down time to recover from the anesthetic. Unlike opioids, it does not cause nausea or vomiting. It is also thought by some to be extremely safe-so safe that anyone can administer it without special training. Safe? The belief that propofol is safe and can be administered by anyone has led to some serious adverse events. If used incorrectly by personnel not specially trained in anesthesia, propofol can lead to respiratory arrest and even death.