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B Petersen, T Busch, C D Meinecke, B Bastian, K Kluba, U X Kaisers, H Rüffert
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March 9, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
J Knapp, M Bernhard, T Haltmeier, D Bieler, B Hossfeld, M Kulla
Hemorrhage is the single largest cause of avoidable death in trauma patients, whereby in civil emergency medicine in Europe most life-threatening hemorrhages occur in the abdomen and the pelvis. This is one reason why endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (EBOA), a procedure especially established in vascular surgery, is increasingly propagated for rapid bleeding control in these patients. This review article provides a comprehensive overview of the technique, indications, contraindications and complications of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA)...
March 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
T Mencke, A Zitzmann, D A Reuter
Rapid sequence induction (RSI) is a specific technique for anesthesia induction, which is performed in patients with an increased risk for pulmonary aspiration (e.g. intestinal obstruction, severe injuries and cesarean section). The incidence of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is very low but 10-30% of anesthesia-related deaths are caused by the consequences of ARDS. The classical RSI with its main components (i.e. head-up position, avoidance of positive pressure ventilation and administration of succinylcholine) was published nearly 50 years ago and has remained almost unchanged...
March 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
J Breckwoldt, S K Beckers, G Breuer, A Marty
Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) are characterized as self-contained units of work in a given typical clinical context, which may be entrusted to a trainee for independent execution at a certain point of training. An example could be the intraoperative anesthesia management of an ASA 1 patient for an uncomplicated surgical intervention as an EPA in early postgraduate anesthesia training. The EPAs can be described as an evolution of a competency-based medical educational concept, applying the concept of the competencies of a person to specific workplace contexts...
March 2, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
S Pilge, R Zanner
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March 2, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
M N Bergold, H Beeck, D Meininger, C Byhahn
An important challenge in learning ultrasound-assisted interventions, such as pericardiocentesis, is the navigation of the needle in a three-dimensional space on the basis of a two-dimensional image. In order to learn this in vitro realistic simulators are required. We manufactured a model which allows simulation of pericardiocentesis on the basis of ballistic gelatin (12.6%, 250 Bloom). Furthermore, the pericardiocentesis model was subjectively evaluated by 37 anesthetists in a pre-post design. The models used proved to be technically simple to manufacture, hard wearing and realistic...
March 2, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
C Unterbuchner, M Blobner
Neuromuscular blockade (TOF count = 0) can improve tracheal intubation and microlaryngeal surgery. It is also frequently used in many surgical fields including both nonlaparoscopic and laparoscopic surgery to improve surgical conditions and to prevent sudden muscle contractions. Currently there is a controversy regarding the need and the clinical benefits of deep neuromuscular blockade for different surgical procedures. Deep neuromuscular relaxation improves laparoscopic surgical space conditions only marginally when using low intra-abdominal pressure...
March 1, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
T Fuchs-Buder
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February 27, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
D Helf, D Schneiderbanger, C K Markus, S Johannsen, F Schuster
In a 59-year-old woman with a perforating eyeball injury to the right eye, the emergency physician induced a preclinical general anesthesia with propofol, fentanyl and the depolarizing muscle relaxant succinylcholine. Anesthesia was maintained using propofol and remifentanil infusion throughout the preoperative period and the subsequent surgical procedure. Postoperatively, isolated rhabdomyolysis with an increase in serum creatine kinase to >20,000 U/l was observed. The diagnosis of malignant hyperthermia (MH) susceptibility could be confirmed in the patient 4 months after the acute event by the in vitro contracture test and detection of the MH causative mutation p...
February 26, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
C H R Wiese, V M C Silbereisen, B M Graf, A C Bundscherer, C L Lassen
BACKGROUND: The right to adequate outpatient palliative care has existed for several years in Germany. In recent years outpatient palliative care has developed very positively. Nevertheless, in emergency situations paramedics and emergency physicians were often included in the care of palliative care of patients. The aim of our study was to investigate the cooperation between outpatient palliative care teams and the emergency medical services. Another aim was to identify structural realities and based on these to discuss the possibilities in the optimization of outpatient palliative medical emergency situations...
February 26, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
J Wolter, D Grün, S Otto
We report the case of a young man who took a large amount of caffeine powder dissolved in water in a suicide attempt. He was found comatose. The initial diagnosis was difficult. In hospital he suffered from rhabdomyolysis with renal failure and sepsis rapidly developed. After renal replacement treatment with hemodialysis, long-term artificial ventilation with tracheotomy and a 3‑week stay in the intensive care unit, the patient could be discharged to a rehabilitation center.
February 21, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
S Wilk, L Siegl, K Siegl, C Hohenstein
BACKGROUND: In an analysis of a critical incident reporting system (CIRS) in out-of-hospital emergency medicine, it was demonstrated that in 30% of cases deficient communication led to a threat to patients; however, the analysis did not show what exactly the most dangerous work processes are. Current research shows the impact of poor communication on patient safety. OBJECTIVES: An out-of-hospital workflow analysis collects data about key work processes and risk areas...
February 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
M Sonntagbauer, A Koch, U Strouhal, K Zacharowski, C F Weber
Catecholamine crises associated with pheochromocytoma may cause life-threatening cardiovascular conditions. We report the case of a 75-year-old male who developed a hypertensive crisis during induction of general anesthesia for elective resection of a cervical neuroma due to an undiagnosed pheochromocytoma. Hemodynamic instability occurred immediately after the injection of fentanyl, propofol and rocuronium, prior to laryngoscopy and in the absence of any manipulation of the abdomen. In this case report, we present the management of this incident and discuss the underlying pathophysiology triggering a catecholamine crisis...
February 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
H Lier, M Bernhard, B Hossfeld
The term "shock" refers to a life-threatening circulatory failure caused by an imbalance between the supply and demand of cellular oxygen. Hypovolemic shock is characterized by a reduction of intravascular volume and a subsequent reduction in preload. The body compensates the loss of volume by increasing the stroke volume, heart frequency, oxygen extraction rate, and later by an increased concentration of 2,3-diphosphoglycerate with a rightward shift of the oxygen dissociation curve. Hypovolemic hemorrhagic shock impairs the macrocirculation and microcirculation and therefore affects many organ systems (e...
February 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
H Ilper, A Grossbach, C Franz-Jäger, C Byhahn, M Klages, H H Ackermann, K Zacharowski, T Kunz
Predicting and managing the difficult airway is a lifesaving and vital basic task for the anesthetist. Current guidelines of all important societies include thyromental distance (TMD, "Patil") as a possible predictor for a difficult airway and includes two important aspects for airway management: the mandibular space and the flexibility of the cervical spine. We evaluated knowledge and execution regarding TMD for predicting a difficult airway on participants at the Euroanaesthesia (ESA) congress and German Anaesthesia Congress (DAC) in 2014...
February 1, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
M Ibrahim, A M Elnabtity, A Keera
BACKGROUND: Pain is the major determinant factor which affects the quality of recovery and postoperative agitation following nasal surgery with the patient under general anesthesia. Our objectives were to test the hypothesis that an external nasal nerve block will decrease pain intensity, decrease drug consumption, decrease the incidence of postoperative emergence agitation and improve quality of recovery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this study 100 adult patients who were scheduled for elective external nasal surgery with the patient under general anesthesia and nasal packing on each side, received external nasal nerve blocks postoperatively for 24 h with saline (group I) or 2% xylocaine (group II) with 1:200,000 epinephrine...
February 1, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
B Sinner
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January 31, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
D C Richter, A Heininger, T Brenner, M Hochreiter, M Bernhard, J Briegel, S Dubler, B Grabein, A Hecker, W A Kruger, K Mayer, M W Pletz, D Storzinger, N Pinder, T Hoppe-Tichy, S Weiterer, S Zimmermann, A Brinkmann, M A Weigand, C Lichtenstern
The mortality of patients with sepsis and septic shock is still unacceptably high. An effective calculated antibiotic treatment within 1 h of recognition of sepsis is an important target of sepsis treatment. Delays lead to an increase in mortality; therefore, structured treatment concepts form a rational foundation, taking relevant diagnostic and treatment steps into consideration. In addition to the assumed infection and individual risks of each patient, local resistance patterns and specific problem pathogens must be taken into account during the selection of anti-infective treatment...
January 30, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
T Annecke, A Hohn, B Böll, M Kochanek
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. New targeted and individualized therapies and drugs provide a survival benefit for an increasing number of patients, but can also cause severe side effects. An increasing number of oncology patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICU) because of cancer-related complications or treatment-associated side effects. Postoperative care, respiratory distress and sepsis are the leading causes for admission. Tumor mass syndromes and tumor lysis may require urgent treatment...
January 24, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
M Schieren, A Böhmer, W Golbeck, J Defosse, F Wappler, H E Marcus
BACKGROUND: Anesthetic procedures may lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications (e. g. difficult airway, allergic reactions, malignant hyperthermia). Most complications can be avoided in future anesthetic procedures with adequate preparation (e. g. awake intubation, trigger-free anesthesia). In Germany, anesthesia problem cards were introduced two decades ago to identify patients at risk and to increase patient safety by creating a standardized documentation system for anesthesia-related complications...
January 19, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
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