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…

Perioperative Insulin Pump Management

Anesthesia providers, and medical professionals in general, often care for patients who have preexisting chronic conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol or a history of cancer. These patients may be at higher risk for complications, or may be using…

Pharmacogenetics in Anesthesia

Pharmacogenetics is the study of how a person’s genes influence their responses to medicinal drugs.1 The origins of pharmacogenetics can be traced back to the geneticist Arno Motulsky, who in 1957…

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