Episode 9: VAE & CO2 Gas Embolism (When Gases Attack)

Episode Summary

You asked, and we listened! In this episode of the APEX Live podcast, we're going to do a little Q&A. We'll give you practice questions, and then we'll break each one down step-by-step. It’s kind of like going back to the basics or back to square one.

Whether you're studying for the NCE or the CPC Exam, this isn't an episode you'll want to miss.


What You'll Learn

  • What are the differences between a venous air and CO2 gas embolism?
  • Which monitor is the most effective at detecting a venous air or CO2 gas embolism?
  • Why are various surgical procedures that increase the risk of venous air or CO2 gas embolism?
  • What's the best way to assess for venous air and CO2 gas embolism?
  • What are the most effective management strategies for the treatment of venous air and CO2 gas embolism?


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Recommended Resources

  1. McCarthy JC, et al. Air Embolism: Practical Tips for Prevention and Treatment. J Clin Med. 2016; 5(11): 93.

  2. Muhammad H M, et al. Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis, and Management of Air Embolism During Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography. Gastroenterology Res. 2019 Dec; 12(6): 283–287.

  3. Mriski, MA, et al. Diagnosis and Treatment of Vascular Air Embolism. Anesthesiology. 2007;106:164-77.

  4. O’Dowd, LC, et al. Air Embolism. UpToDate. Mandel, J. ed. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate Inc. https://www.uptodate.com (Accessed on January 06, 2020.)

  5. Orhurhu VJ, et al. Carbon Dioxide Embolism. NCBI Bookshelf. A service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Stat Pearls. 2019.

  6. Park, EU, et al. Carbon Dioxide Embolism during Laparoscopic Surgery. Yonsei Med J. 2012; 53(3):459-466.

  7. Shaikh, N, et al. Acute Management of Vascular Air Embolism. J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2009;2(3):180–185.

  8. Weingram J. Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery. In Yao FSF. eds. Anesthesiology-Problem Oriented Patient Management. 8th ed. 2016. Philadelphia, PA. Wolters Kluwer. 565-591. 



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