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There are 26 teaching hospitals in Taiwan that provide anesthesia residency training programs (one program per hospital), and only an average of 40 medical graduates are accepted for residency training per year. The aim of this study is to understand how this situation affects the learning and working conditions of anesthesia residents in Taiwan.
This study investigated the hypothesis that the efficacy of insertion of the supraglottic device i-gel(®) (i-gel) can be improved by laryngoscopy and can provide better sealing pressure in anesthetized patients by novice doctors.
Although maintaining anesthesia for myasthenia gravis (MG) with minimal muscle relaxants (MR) is common, the success rate of anesthetic management for MG without MR is not clear. We therefore retrospectively examined the success rate of anesthetic management for MG without MR among 66 consecutive cases of thymectomy for MG performed at our hospital between January 2004 and April 2010, before approval of using sugammadex. A total of 60 patients (90.9 %) were treated without MR (N group). Among the 60 cases,...
Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) increases morbidity and mortality. The mechanisms underlying POCD remain elusive; however, systemic responses induced by anesthesia and surgery might trigger neuroinflammation and POCD. Desflurane is a preferable volatile anesthetic agent for elderly patients because it facilitates shorter recovery from general anesthesia. The aim of this study was to determine whether quality of emergence and cognitive function in elderly patients undergoing a long duration desflu...
Lidocaine has a biphasic action on smooth muscle of peripheral blood vessels, with vasoconstriction at low concentrations and vasodilation at higher concentrations. Many in vivo studies have demonstrated the effects of lidocaine on aortic or coronary arteries in several animals, but there are few reports about the effect on peripheral vessels. This study was designed to investigate the direct effects of lidocaine on peripheral vessels, namely swine lingual and pulmonary arterial rings.
Serotonin syndrome is a drug-related toxicity caused by excess serotonin within the central nervous system. We recently encountered a case of serotonin syndrome that developed in the early postoperative period that was successfully treated with intravenous dexmedetomidine. Although the prescriptive literature has commonly recommended sedation with benzodiazepines for controlling agitation in serotonin syndrome, the effectiveness of dexmedetomidine has also been reported in several clinical conditions. In th...
We sought to establish the clinical utility of the Pentax-AWS Airway Scope(®) (AWS) when used by paramedics to intubate the trachea, and to evaluate whether their performance was influenced by previous clinical experience with the Macintosh laryngoscope (ML).
Both paravertebral block (PVB) and thoracic epidural block (TEB) are recommended for postoperative pain relief after lung surgery. The addition of fentanyl to the anesthetic solution became popular for TEB because of the stronger effects; however, there have been few comparable trials about the addition of fentanyl to PVB. The purpose of this study was thus to compare postoperative analgesia, side effects, and complications between ultrasound-guided PVB (USG-PVB) and TEB with the addition of fentanyl to rop...
It is recommended that the period of fasting before elective surgery should be shortened to facilitate a rapid recovery by preventing catabolism. We examined the effects of a short period of fasting on metabolism by performing indirect calorimetry (IC) under general anesthesia. A prospective observational study involving 26 consecutive patients who underwent elective surgery and whose metabolism was evaluated using IC during anesthesia was conducted. The patients were divided into two groups, those who fast...
This observational study was designed to evaluate the clinical value of cardiac output (CO) obtained via bioreactance (NICOM™) as compared with values of CO obtained via thermodilution (using pulmonary artery catheter, Vigilance™) and the thoracic bioimpedance (BioZ.com™), in patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Adductor canal catheters preserve quadriceps strength better than femoral nerve catheters and may facilitate postoperative ambulation following total knee arthroplasty. However, the effect of this newer technique on provider workload, if any, is unknown. We conducted a retrospective provider workload analysis comparing these two catheter techniques; all other aspects of the clinical pathway remained the same. The primary outcome was number of interventions recorded per patient postoperatively. Secondary out...
Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) is a potent preconditioning stimulus that may confer subsequent protection to organs subjected to potentially lethal injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of RIPC on nuclear factor (NF)-κB activation, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α release, and hepatic injury in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced sepsis.
We performed a multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial to assess the efficacy and safety of a single, fixed, intravenous dose of palonosetron (0.075 mg) in the treatment of established postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV).
Beta-defensins (BDs) and dendritic cells (DC) have been described as major effectors on host antimicrobial innate immunities. In the present study, the ability of DC to produce BDs was explored using DC from normal mice and full-thickness (FT)-burned mice.
A large individual variation in both the infusion rate and the blood concentration of rocuronium necessary for obtain adequate surgical muscle relaxation during total intravenous anesthesia with propofol and remifentanil.
Rocuronium (Rb) is ideal for continuous infusion but has a widely variable duration of action. We investigated the distribution of Rb infusion in a steady state of optimal muscle relaxation and the relationship between the measured and predicted blood Rb concentrations in laparoscopic surgery.
Non-invasively continuous total hemoglobin (SpHb) measurement has not been assessed adequately in acute bleeding and rapid blood transfusion during surgery. Thus, we have assessed the efficacy of SpHb during both acute normovolemic hemodilution (ANH) and autologous blood transfusion (ABT).
Ketamine is traditionally avoided in sedation management of patients with risk of intracranial hypertension. However, results from many clinical trials contradict this concern. We critically analyzed the published data of the effects of ketamine on intracranial pressure (ICP) and other cerebral hemodynamics to determine whether ketamine was safe for patients with hemodynamic instability and brain injuries.
Amide local anesthetics are known to inhibit coagulation. 2-chloroprocaine is the only ester agent used in obstetric anesthesia. It is used during obstetric emergencies, and also to supplement inadequate epidural block produced by amide local anesthetics. There is no study to date that has evaluated the effect of ester local anesthetics on blood coagulation and fibrinolysis in the parturient.
We compared the recovery profile of propofol and sevoflurane when used for maintenance of anesthesia in elective day care operative procedures.
PHACE syndrome is a neurocutaneous syndrome characterized by the association of large cutaneous hemangiomas and the cardiac and cerebral vascular anomalies. We report a 6-year-old female with PHACE syndrome presented with left facial hemangiomas, cystic lesion in the cerebral posterior fossa, coarctation of the aorta, aplasia of the left vertebral artery and stenosis of the left internal carotid artery. Surgical repair of the aorta with left heart bypass under beating heart was scheduled. We monitored regio...
Opioid-induced spastic paraplegia after transient spinal cord ischemia during aortic surgery has been reported. Opioids modulate neurotransmission through mu (μ) opioid receptors (MORs) in the spinal ventral horn. However, their effects during ischemic insult are not understood.