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Additional Topics: Critical Care 

Additional Topics: Critical Care
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Additional Topics: Critical Care
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Ruchir Gupta

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190852474.003.0039
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date: 23 October 2019

In this chapter several aspects related to the use of anesthesia in the critical care setting are discussed. Subtopics include precautions to take in managing a patient with latex allergy, use of hetastarch and its complications, and diagnosing fat embolism syndrome. Also discussed are managing a patient with magnesium overdose, disseminated intravascular coagulation, or sarcoidosis. The mechanism of action for allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, is presented. Use of blood transfusion and cell saver is addressed in the context of treating a Jehovah’s Witness patient. Management of aspiration in a patient is discussed. Finally, complications of total parenteral nutrition are presented. Each scenario is presented as a short, three- to four-question additional topic.

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