Accuracy of Visually Estimated Blood Loss in Surgical Sponges by Members of the Surgical TeamIt is important that operating room personnel monitor the correct amount of blood loss during surgery in order to properly replace lost volume. The aim of this study was
to investigate the accuracy of operating room personnel in visually estimating blood loss in surgical sponges. We performed an observational study with comparative descriptive design at a university hospital including all members of the surgical team.
Implications of Inspired Carbon Dioxide During Ophthalmic Surgery Performed Using Monitored Anesthesia CareInspired concentration of carbon dioxide (FICO2) in ophthalmic surgery performed under monitored anesthesia care (MAC) has been largely ignored in the recommended
monitoring standards of professional anesthesia societies. Most ophthalmic procedures are performed using MAC with facial draping that has been shown to retain carbon dioxide in the ambient air surrounding the patient. The goal of this review is to encourage investigation of this underreported parameter.
Keywords: Inspired carbon dioxide, monitored anesthesia care, ophthalmic surgery.
Version: 2019;87(4):285-290.Authors: Thomas A. McHugh, MN, CRNA
Preparing for Total Power Failure in the Operating RoomTotal electrical power failure in the operating room is an uncommon event, but when it occurs, it poses a major threat to patient safety. The purpose of this project was
to determine the internal battery-related capabilities and duration of function of site-specific anesthesia equipment during a total power failure and to develop a power failure protocol.
Keywords: Anesthesia, anesthetic equipment, operating room, power failure.
Version: 2019;87(4):291-297.Authors: Alex G. Vetter, DNP, CRNA; Robert J. Harman, DNAP, CRNA; Matt J. Stamper, DNP, CRNA; J. F. Titch, DNP, CRNA; Charles A. Vacchiano, PhD, CRNA
Refusal of Epidural Anesthesia for Labor Pain Management by African American Parturients: An Examination of FactorsMost parturients use epidural anesthesia for labor pain management, with excellent pain relief possible within minutes of administration. An examination of the literature
revealed a disparity of use that existed along ethnic and racial lines, with African Americans less likely to accept epidural anesthesia. The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify those factors that influence African American parturients to decline epidural anesthesia for labor pain management.