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1.  Environmental Implications of Anesthetic Gases 
Anesthesia Progress  2012;59(4):154-158.
For several decades, anesthetic gases have greatly enhanced the comfort and outcome for patients during surgery. The benefits of these agents have heavily outweighed the risks. In recent years, the attention towards their overall contribution to global climate change and the environment has increased. Anesthesia providers have a responsibility to minimize unnecessary atmospheric pollution by utilizing techniques that can lessen any adverse effects of these gases on the environment. Moreover, health care facilities that use anesthetic gases are accountable for ensuring that all anesthesia equipment, including the scavenging system, is effective and routinely maintained. Implementing preventive practices and simple strategies can promote the safest and most healthy environment.
PMCID: PMC3522493  PMID: 23241038
Volatile anesthetics; Environmental pollution; Greenhouse warming potential; Ozone depletion potential
2.  Nasal Foreign Body: An Unexpected Discovery 
Anesthesia Progress  2011;58(3):121-123.
Nasal foreign bodies may result from the abundant availability of tiny objects in our society and a curious child exploring his or her nasal cavities. An inserted object that is not witnessed or retrieved can remain relatively asymptomatic or cause local tissue damage and potentially yield more serious consequences. An unusual case of a young child who presented for dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia is described. Immediately prior to the nasotracheal intubation, an unanticipated foreign body was detected and safely removed before any injury occurred. This case report discusses the presentation and pathophysiology of nasal foreign bodies. Moreover, applicable suggestions are provided to aid in the prevention and management of the unexpected discovery of a nasal foreign body after the induction of general anesthesia.
PMCID: PMC3167155  PMID: 21882987
3.  A Case of a Power Failure in the Operating Room 
Anesthesia Progress  2005;52(2):65-69.
In the operating room, safely administering anesthesia amidst a major power failure can instantly present one with a formidable challenge. A case is presented involving a 23-year-old healthy woman who underwent a complex oral and maxillofacial surgery to correct a dentofacial deformity. Three hours into the case and with the patient's maxilla downfractured, the overhead surgical lights blacked out, and there was an apparent loss of the anesthesia machine's ability to function. Providing adequate oxygenation, ventilation, anesthesia levels, monitoring of vital signs, and transportation of the patient were some of the challenges faced, and the response to this unexpected event is recounted. The importance of one's familiarity with an anesthesia machine's backup battery supply, routinely checking machinery, ensuring that appropriate and sufficient supplies are readily available, exercising calm leadership with clear communication, and formulating a clear plan with backup alternatives are discussed. Various recommendations are proposed with respect to the preparation for and the prevention of a power failure in the operating room. This report's account of events is aimed to “shed some light” on this topic, serve as a check of one's own preparedness, and facilitate the optimal management of a similarly unexpected incident.
PMCID: PMC2527046  PMID: 16048154
Power failure; Battery supply; Ventilator; Transport monitor; Total intravenous anesthetic; Recommendations

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