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B Büttner, A Mansur, M Bauer, J Hinz, I Bergmann
Unilateral spinal anesthesia is a cost-effective and rapidly performed anesthetic technique. An exclusively unilateral block only affects the sensory, motor and sympathetic functions on one side of the body and offers the advantages of a spinal block without the typical adverse side effects seen with a bilateral block. The lack of hypotension, in particular, makes unilateral spinal anesthesia suitable for patients with cardiovascular risk factors e. g. aortic valve stenosis or coronary artery disease. Increasing numbers of surgical procedures are now being performed on an outpatient basis...
October 24, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
E Biermann
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October 24, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
H Lier, O Grottke
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 24, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
H Petermann, M Goerig
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 17, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
M Sand, S Hessam, D Sand, F G Bechara, C Vorstius, M Bromba, E Stockfleth, I Shiue
AIM: In addition to assessing stress-coping strategies in patients, equal attention should be paid to health-care professionals. The literature on the stress-coping strategies of emergency physicians - health-care professionals who are frequently subject to stress in a fast-paced clinical setting - is scant. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the stress-coping strategies of emergency-care physicians (ECPs) in Germany. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study by approaching German Associations of Emergency Medicine Physicians and the two largest ECP recruitment agencies in Germany to invite their members to participate...
October 14, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
R Seidel, K Zukowski, A Wree, M Schulze
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Ultrasound-guided blocks of the cervical plexus are established anesthetic procedures for carotid endarterectomy. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study tested the hypothesis that an additional ultrasound-guided periarterial injection of local anesthetic leads to a lower frequency of periarterial supplementation by the surgeon. METHODS: A total of 40 patients were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups. In both groups an ultrasound-guided intermediate cervical plexus block (20 ml of 0...
October 14, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
J Ulrici, G Hempel, M Sasse, J Vollrath, C Höhne
BACKGROUND: Overweight and obesity are increasing problems in pediatric anesthesia. This observational study was designed to examine how airway-related complications occur in overweight children and adolescents during general anesthesia and if this is a relevant problem in Germany. METHODS: From October 2008 until August 2009, at the university clinic in Leipzig, 504 in- and outpatients, aged 2-18 years, ASA I-III, undergoing elective procedures (ENT and pediatric surgery), were observed...
October 10, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
M Hückstädt, G O Hofmann, T Mendel, R Stuttmann, P Hilbert-Carius
BACKGROUND: Sepsis and septic shock are major contributors to morbidity and mortality in intensive care patients. Early identification and adequate therapy are of utmost importance to reduce the still high mortality in patients with severe sepsis. Many of the pathophysiologic changes are nonspecific. Thus, a combination of symptoms and laboratory results are necessary to confirm the diagnosis. Impairment of the Horovitz index is identified as being a primal prognostic criterion for early diagnosis in serious progression of sepsis, after exclusion of a few differential diagnoses...
October 5, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
J Abram, J Klocker, N Innerhofer-Pompernigg, M Mittermayr, M C Freund, N Gravenstein, V Wenzel
Injuries to blood vessels near the heart can quickly become life-threatening and include arterial injuries during central venous puncture, which can lead to hemorrhagic shock. We report 6 patients in whom injury to the subclavian artery and vein led to life-threatening complications. Central venous catheters are associated with a multitude of risks, such as venous thrombosis, air embolism, systemic or local infections, paresthesia, hemothorax, pneumothorax, and cervical hematoma, which are not always immediately discernible...
October 5, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
M Gruß, F Salomon
In intensive care units far-reaching decisions are often made at short notice that require the consent of the informed patient. If this is not possible due to the patient's condition, physicians and legal representatives must ascertain the previously expressed or presumed will of the patient and act accordingly. The legal principles are specified in the Patient Advance Directives Act and the Patient Rights Act. Any indications for medical treatment need a clearly defined aim of the therapy, which can be questioned during the progress of the disease...
September 29, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
T Ott, I Schmidtmann, T Limbach, P F Gottschling, H Buggenhagen, S Kurz, G Pestel
BACKGROUND: Simulation-based training (SBT) has developed into an established method of medical training. Studies focusing on the education of medical students have used simulation as an evaluation tool for defined skills. A small number of studies provide evidence that SBT improves medical students' skills in the clinical setting. Moreover, they were strictly limited to a few areas, such as the diagnosis of heart murmurs or the correct application of cricoid pressure. Other studies could not prove adequate transferability from the skills gained in SBT to the patient site...
September 27, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
G Gerresheim, J Brederlau, U Schwemmer
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August 23, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
H Petermann, M Goerig
In the western World 16 October 1846 is often called "Ether Day", marking the beginning of anesthesia. Before that date, for physicians there was only a struggle against pain. In the following 170 years all fields of general anesthesia as well as regional and local anesthesia were continuously developed. Pharmacological developments and technical innovations made this evolution possible. The complexity of this field of medicine requires a specialist: the anesthesiologist, whose selection of the most suitable form of anesthesia for the patient makes the surgical intervention painless...
October 2016: Der Anaesthesist
H Böhrer
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October 2016: Der Anaesthesist
T Saller, V V Dossow, K Hofmann-Kiefer
BACKGROUND: Delirium is a common complication in critical care. The syndrome is often underestimated due to its potentially no less dangerous course as a hypoactive delirium. Therefore, current guidelines ask for a structured, regular and routine screening in all intensive care units. If delirium is diagnosed, symptomatic therapy should be initiated promptly. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the current study was to evaluate recent German anesthetists' strategies regarding delirium care compared to the German guidelines for sedation and delirium in intensive care...
October 2016: Der Anaesthesist
H Drinhaus, T Annecke, J Hinkelbein
Decompression of the chest is a life-saving invasive procedure for tension pneumothorax, trauma-associated cardiopulmonary resuscitation or massive haematopneumothorax that every emergency physician or intensivist must master. Particularly in the preclinical setting, indication must be restricted to urgent cases, but in these cases chest decompression must be executed without delay, even in subpar circumstances. The methods available are needle decompression or thoracentesis via mini-thoracotomy with or without insertion of a chest tube in the midclavicular line of the 2nd/3rd intercostal space (Monaldi-position) or in the anterior to mid-axillary line of the 4th/5th intercostal space (Bülau-position)...
October 2016: Der Anaesthesist
G Lachmann, P La Rosée, T Schenk, F M Brunkhorst, C Spies
BACKGROUND: Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) has well been studied as a genetic disorder in children (primary HLH). Mutations in the regulatory complex of the cellular immune synapse lead to a loss of function of cytotoxic T‑cells and natural killer cells with excessive inflammation based on a cytokine storm. During the last decade, an increasing number of adult HLH patients without a family history of HLH (secondary or acquired HLH) have been reported. Various triggers - infections, malignancies or autoimmune diseases - result in an acquired loss of function of these cells and a sepsis-like disease...
October 2016: Der Anaesthesist
G Jansen, B Schmidt, F Mertzlufft, T Boesing, M Barthel
Tracheal agenesis (TA) is a very rare congenital malformation of unknown aetiology. It is often associated with polymalformative syndromes; the neonates commonly present a critical condition during post-natal treatment. Pathology revolves around the triad of aphonia, respiratory distress syndrome and impossibility of endotracheal intubation. In contrast to the most important differential diagnosis, i. e., congenital high airway obstruction syndrome (CHAOS), surgical airway management is also impossible due to the absence of tracheal structures...
October 2016: Der Anaesthesist
D Woehrle, M Martinez, D Bolliger
BACKGROUND: A hereditary deficiency in coagulation factor VII (FVII) may affect the international normalized ratio (INR) value. However, FVII deficiency is occasionally associated with a tendency to bleed spontaneously. We hypothesized that perioperative substitution with coagulation factor concentrates might not be indicated in most patients. METHODS: In this retrospective data analysis, we included all patients with hereditary heterozygous FVII deficiency who underwent surgical procedures at the University Hospital Basel between December 2010 and November 2015...
October 2016: Der Anaesthesist
S Hartwig
The external post-mortem examination in Germany is a non-delegable medical duty for determination of death, identity of the deceased, cause of death, manner of death, time of death and notifiable infectious diseases. Within the framework of rescue service missions the physician is limited to ascertaining that death has occurred. The determination of death must be reliable and is automatically followed by a complete external post-mortem examination of the body, if necessary by another physician. The certain signs of death are livor mortis, rigor mortis and putrefaction...
September 2016: Der Anaesthesist
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