Patrick T Farrell

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Foreign body aspiration is a leading cause of death in children 1-3 years old, although mortality is low for children who reach the hospital. Presenting symptoms of an inhaled foreign body depends on time since aspiration. Immediately after inhalation the child starts to cough, wheeze, or have laboured breathing. If the early signs are missed, the child(More)
BACKGROUND Core temperature drops in all children having general anaesthesia. Convection heating may be useful, but its effectiveness in the paediatric setting is not established. Additionally, its utility in many paediatric situations is limited by blanket design. METHODS Using a mannequin model in a sham operation, we assessed the likely safety and(More)
Management of a pediatric airway can be a challenge, especially for the non-pediatric anesthesiologists. Structured algorithms for an unexpected difficult pediatric airway have been missing so far. A recent step wise algorithm, based on the Difficult Airway society (DAS) adult protocol, is a step in the right direction. There have been some exciting(More)
Antithrombin III (ATIII) deficiency offers unique challenges to the anaesthetist in the perioperative setting due to the inherent thrombophilia, the anticoagulant therapies instituted and replacement of the deficient intrinsic natural anticoagulant. A particular challenge is the use of intrathecal anaesthesia, which requires a safe level of coagulation at(More)
BACKGROUND Convection heating shows most promise in maintaining children's core temperatures under anesthesia. We have previously shown that a modified convection heating technique worked in a mannequin model and sought to establish its safety and effectiveness in a clinical study. METHODS Children were recruited who were having elective surgery under(More)
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