The job of an anesthesiologist might seem simple: Put the patient to sleep; keep the patient asleep; wake the patient up. But an anesthesiologist’s job is a vital and delicate balancing act that includes managing critical life functions and coordinating with a surgical team.
More than 2,400 hearts were transplanted in the U.S. last year, most of them packed on ice in an old-fashioned picnic cooler. But there are drawbacks to this form of transportation.
A camera used in space exploration to study planets and distant galaxies may soon travel to your neighborhood operating room. Read On
There’s an app for that! Cedars-Sinai’s Steven Galen, MD, shares a few of the innovative ways in which the iPad helps both him and his patients. Read On
More than 5 million Americans are afflicted with congestive heart failure. Of these, 70,000 will have advanced heart failure that cannot be treated with conventional therapies. For these patients, the one-year survival rate is less than 50 percent and is Read On
A ubiquitous bathroom staple – the Q tip®—may be a key tool in the war against surgical infections. Postoperative surgical-site infections remain a major source of illness and a cause of death in patients. These infections number approximately 500,000 per Read On
The neonatal cooling blanket system is the latest development in preventing and minimizing brain damage in babies who have been deprived of adequate oxygen before or during birth (a condition called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy). In the past, no treatment was available Read On