Ketamine use in the Operating Room

Ketamine use in the Operating Room

Ketamine has seen an explosion in use as part of a multimodal analgesic regime as well as for treating chronic pain and depression. While generally regarded as safe, there are some patients for whom Ketamine usage may be detrimental. What is Ketamine? Ketamine is a...
The Most Common Medication Errors in the OR

The Most Common Medication Errors in the OR

Medications are vital for patients undergoing surgery, but they can also pose risks if not given correctly. The medical literature is frighteningly sparse on medication errors in the operating room. Unless the effects of the error are devastatingly obvious, most of...

Central Line Placement: The Seldinger Technique

The most nerve-racking step of central line placement for the inexperienced practitioner is accessing the vein. My preferred way to safely access the vein for central line placement is to use the Modified Seldinger Technique. In some studies for ultrasound-guided...

What are Medication Errors?

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes What are Medication-Related Errors? Medication errors are defined as preventable events that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm. In the vast majority of scenarios, they involve some form of human error....
How Deep to Insert a Central Venous Catheter

How Deep to Insert a Central Venous Catheter

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes The Optimal Depth to Insert a Central Venous Catheter Don’t make it harder than it should be. There are two key points to keep in mind for patient safety regarding how deep to insert a central venous catheter. They are as simple...