Post-Operative Sore Throat: Causes and Prevention 

Post-operative sore throat (POST) occurs in over half of the patients who undergo general anesthesia with tracheal intubation every year1. While POST is considered a mild post-operative complication with little long-term effect on patient outcome, it does…

Medicare Rates for Anesthesia

In 1992, Medicare established a standardized payment scale called the Resource-based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS). While the system succeeded in standardizing rates, it also led to lower payments for some…

Physiology and Consequences of a Cytokine Storm

Cytokines are a broad class of cell signaling peptides that exist in the extracellular environment and affect the interactions between cells [1]. Several groups of cytokines, including interleukins and tumor necrosis factors, are known to trigger…

Evolution of Robotic Surgery

In recent years, the use of computers and machines in surgery has gained widespread attention and adoption. Some of the benefits include increased accuracy, decreased duration, and minimized invasiveness. As…

The Anatomy of an N-95 Mask

An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected…

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