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WED, SEP 10, 2014

Gentlemen, This is No Humbug

“Surgery is pain. Torturous, gut-wrenching, terrifying pain.” Pain that was only partially soothed by opium, whiskey, or a powerful punch into unconsciousness - until the first publicly demonstrated use of ether as an anesthetic on October 16, 1846. William T.G. Morton, a dentist from Hartford, Connecticut, became the first anesthesiologist... Read More

TUE, AUG 26, 2014

Anesthesia & The American Civil War

Thoughts of the American Civil War are generally associated with the dissolution of the Confederacy, the abolishment of slavery, the Lincoln assassination, and gangrene- riddled soldiers waiting to have their limbs amputated with nothing but courage and a stiff drink to take the edge off - certainly not contributions to... Read More

WED, AUG 6, 2014

Distinguishing the Different Anesthetic Methods

A common misconception about anesthetic practices is that there’s only one technique used to administer drugs to patients. In fact, there are three variations that anesthesiologists utilize to provide pain-free procedures: general anesthesia, regional anesthesia and an unnamed combination of general and epidural anesthesia.

          General... Read More

WED, JUL 30, 2014

Store Dantrolene and Save Lives

Experts from the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS) are encouraging anesthesia practices to store dantrolene, a muscle relaxant used to treat malignant hyperthermia, a rare disorder most commonly caused by anesthesia. Researchers used a decision tree model to assess the effectiveness of storing dantrolene, while weighing variables... Read More

MON, JUL 21, 2014

Your Brain on Anesthesia: The Journey Back to Consciousness

One of anesthesia’s greatest mysteries is how patients wake up with their memories intact, despite being unresponsive for hours. A recent study has attempted to uncover how the brain returns to its normal state after anesthesia. The study, conducted by Dr. Andrew Hudson, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the David Geffen... Read More