Christopher Voscopoulos

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The difficult airway has been defined as a " clinical situation in which a conventionally trained anesthesiologist experiences difficulty with mask ventilation of the upper airway, tracheal intubation, or both. " Given the potentially life-threatening consequences, the American Society of Anesthesiology has developed an airway algorithm that focuses on(More)
INTRODUCTION Obstructive sleep apnea and opioid-induced respiratory depression can unpredictably threaten respiratory competence in the post-anesthesia care unit. Current respiratory monitoring relies heavily on respiratory rate and oxygen saturation, as well as subjective clinical assessment. These assessments have distinct limitations, and none provide a(More)
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potential independent risk factor for postoperative complications, adverse surgical outcomes, and longer hospital stays. Obese patients with OSA have increased post-operative complications. An estimated 25-30% of pre-operative patients are at a high risk for OSA. A novel, non-invasive respiratory volume monitor (RVM) has(More)
The anterior medial mass patient continues to offer great challenges for the anesthesiologist. As such, newer and safer methods of providing anesthetic care are continually being sought. To this end, there is a growing body of evidence that may suggest that higher than Food and Drug Administration approved dosages of dexmedetomidine may offer another option(More)
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