Rakesh B. Vadhera

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BACKGROUND The Texas Medicaid Program (Medicaid) defines billable time for labor analgesia as face-to-face time; therefore, anesthesia providers determine billed time. The authors' goal was to determine the influence of anesthesia providers on labor analgesia costs billed to Medicaid. METHODS Under the Freedom of Information Act, Medicaid provided data on(More)
Epidural blockade is an important option for anesthesia in parturients undergoing abdominal delivery. Despite the multiple benefits of this method, there is at least one significant downside--a relatively high occurrence of unsatisfactory anesthesia that requires intervention. Depending on the presumed mechanism of epidural block failure and other(More)
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy complicate 7% to 10% of pregnancies and are among the major causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. Recently American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Taskforce on Hypertension during Pregnancy modified the diagnosis and management of hypertension in pregnancy, recommending prompt diagnosis,(More)
Pulmonary embolism is the primary cause of acute respiratory decompensation during pregnancy. Regardless of the nature of the embolism, a high index of suspicion, early diagnosis, and aggressive resuscitation need to be instituted to achieve a successful maternal and fetal outcome. Several clinical characteristics will assist practitioners to distinguish(More)
Anesthetic management during labor and delivery of a parturient after severe burn injury presents many unique challenges. We report the case of a 25-year-old parturient with a history of 85-90% total body surface area burn in 2002, who presented for a pre-delivery anesthesia evaluation. We outline the management plan that was devised and resulted in(More)
Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy constitute one of the most frequent medical complications during gestation. Unfortunately, maternal and perinatal mortality remains significant worldwide in this population. Not infrequently, patients with severe preeclampsia will need parenteral agents to achieve rapid blood pressure control to avoid end-organ damage.(More)