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Anesthesiology Medical Knowledge

Preoperative Critical Objectives:

    • Understand the airway evaluation including predictors of difficult intubation
    • Understand airway evaluation including predictors of difficult mask ventilation
    • Understand difficult airway algorithm and its application to difficult airway cases
    • Understand how different surgical pathology relates to anesthetic management and planning.

Preoperative Important Objectives

    • Cardiopulmonary history and evaluation in preparation for elective surgery
    • Factors involved in ASA grading of patients pre-operatively
    • Indications and contraindications for regional block placements
    • Understand regional anesthetic approach vs general anesthetic approach in relation to type of surgery (Spinal, Epidural, Peripheral Nerve Blockade)
    • Understand applications of local anesthetics, including advantages / disadvatages of lidocaine, bupivacaine, ropivacaine
    • Understand management of local anesthetic toxicity including use of intralipid
    • Understand Risk factors for increased intraoperative awareness

Intraoperative Critical Objectives:

    • Knowledge of standard ASA monitors and ideal placement of all monitors
    • Identify induction agents in common use (etomidate, propofol, thiopental, ketamine, midazolam) including advantages / disadvantages of each
    • Understand basic ventilation strategies including volume controlled ventilation and pressure controlled ventilation
    • Fluid management in the surgical patient; understand differences in fluid management based on type of surgical procedure
    • Identify typical anesthesia maintenance agents including inhaled gases and IV agents
    • Knowledge of emergence from anesthesia and extubation criteria
    • Neuromuscular blockade: appropriate use of non-depolarizing and depolarizing agents, including reversal of neuromuscular blockade
    • Understand Risk factors for increased intraoperative awareness and strategies to prevent this including processed EEG monitoring.

Postoperative Critical Objectives:

    • Understand Pain Assessment strategies and adjunct modalities for pain management
      • Patient Controlled Analgesia
      • Epidural Analgesia
      • Peripheral Nerve blockade
    • Postoperative management of Respiratory Failure
      • Identify risk factors for respiratory failure
      • Understand ventilation management post-operatively
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