Episode 22: Ask an Intelligent Question; Get Another Mediocre Answer



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Episode Summary

In this episode of the APEX Live Anesthesia Podcast, we address more of the questions we’ve received from our listeners. And yes, we do our best to answer these intelligent questions with even more marvelously mediocre answers. It’s a fun conversation about random topics that will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more!


What You'll Learn

  • What are the recommended vasopressors for stenotic and regurgitant valves?
  • Is alpha or beta blockade preferred in a patient with a pheochromocytoma?
  • Which herbal medications influence anticoagulation?
  • Why does bradycardia occur after a spinal anesthetic?
  • What are the complications of a cricothyrotomy and transtracheal jet ventilation?


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Recommended Resources

  1. Develi S, Yalcin B, Yazar F. Topographical anatomy of cricothyroid membrane and its relation with invasive airway access. Clin Anat. 2016 Oct;29(7):949-54. doi: 10.1002/ca.22750. Epub 2016 Aug 16. PMID: 27481637.
  2. Dover K, Howdieshell TR, Colborn GL. The dimensions and vascular anatomy of the cricothyroid membrane: relevance to emergent surgical airway access. Clin Anat. 1996;9(5):291-5. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-2353(1996)9:5<291::AID-CA1>3.0.CO;2-G. PMID: 8842535.
  3. Prithishkumar IJ, Felicia C. Histology of the cricothyroid membrane: a clinical perspective. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;66(Suppl 1):316-319. doi:10.1007/s12070-011-0375-7
  4. McKenna P, Desai NM, Morley EJ. Cricothyrotomy. [Updated 2020 Aug 26]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan-. 
  5. Duggan LV, Ballantyne Scott B, Law JA, Morris IR, Murphy MF, Griesdale DE. Transtracheal jet ventilation in the 'can't intubate can't oxygenate' emergency: a systematic review. Br J Anaesth. 2016 Sep;117 Suppl 1:i28-i38. doi: 10.1093/bja/aew192. PMID: 27566790.
  6. DeVore EK, Redmann A, Howell R, Khosla S. Best practices for emergency surgical airway: A systematic review. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2019;4(6):602-608. Published 2019 Nov 19. doi:10.1002/lio2.314
  7. Jagminas L. Percutaneous Transtracheal Jet Ventilation Technique. Medscape. 2020.



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