Anesthesia Central is an all-in-one web and mobile solution for treating patients before, during, and after surgery. This collection of drug, procedures and test information is derived from Davis’s Drug, MGH Clinical Anesthesia Procedures, Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, and MEDLINE Journals. Explore these free sample topics:
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First Things First (assess and treat for the following)
- Always attend to ABCs as first priority.
- Is airway patent?
- Can pt maintain his/her current work of breathing (is intubation required)?
- Is pt hypotensive?
- Does pt have evidence of hypoperfusion?
- Does pt have evidence of hypovolemia, hypervolemia or diminished cardiac output?
- Acid-base disorders commonly occur in response to underresuscitated shock states.
- Hypotension is a late finding in shock.
- Assess for other evidence of end-organ hypoperfusion.
- Complex acid-base disorder calculations should be straightforward if you adopt a consistent stepwise approach (see “General Management Principles” section).