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Commercially available bite blocks used for invasive imaging procedures have design limitations, including bulky profile, being made of hard plastic that may damage surrounding tissue, and tendency to dislodge. We designed a novel bite block to address these limitations and evaluated this bite...
An operating room (OR) fire is a rare event but may cause critical harm to patients and health care personnel. We present 2 fire incidents in the rear cabinet of an anesthesia machine, not previously reported in the literature. An anesthesia machine in standby mode is considered safer than in...
Ultrasound-guided (USG) spinal injection is generally performed using a paramedian sagittal oblique scan, with the patient in the lateral decubitus position, and the spinal needle inserted in-plane from the nondependent side. This report evaluated the feasibility of performing USG spinal...
It is controversial whether fetal delivery improves maternal oxygenation during mechanical ventilation. We evaluated maternal arterial partial pressure of oxygen (Pao2) to fractional oxygen concentration (Fio2) (P/F) ratios before and after delivery in this series of 15 parturients with...
Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is an emerging imaging modality that can be used to diagnose ventilatory and intrathoracic perfusion mismatches in unstable patients at the bedside. We present a case of a postoperative hypoxic patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) who was too unstable...
An intertransverse process block (ITPB) is a paraspinal thoracic nerve block technique, where the local anesthetic (LA) is injected into the thoracic intertransverse tissue complex posterior to the superior costotransverse ligament (SCTL). Although an ITPB can be ultrasound-guided, it is...
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