Department of Anesthesiology
Anesthesia; Anesthesia, Intravenous; Disaster Medicine
Introduction: Although we get into the habit of thinking that anesthesia cannot be safely delivered without the availability of all equipments available in a state of the art Operating room, we find ourselves faced with situations where the availability and mobility of all this equipment is limited ; this results in the impetus to start a thought process of how we can perform mobile anesthesia with less technology. Disaster situations, such as earthquakes, floods, or armed conflicts, might happen in areas where access of a regular operating room might be hours away or not available at all.
Golden Hour: Delivering mobile Anesthesia during the golden hour can be a totally different experience from customary anesthesia practices in a regular operating room.It requires setting up a field/forward surgical teams with its organization and structure. Total Intravenous anesthesia gained popularity in crisis and combat situations and has been documented as a safe method in crisis situations.Anesthesia configured medic bag: Is a modified medic bag that can be utilized to contain the most commonly used Anesthesia supply material in a portable way.
Conclusion: In reviewing the knowledge of how to provide anesthesia in crisis and disaster situations we conclude that there is evidence that anesthesia can be safely and efficiently delivered in a remote areas with limited tools and technology.
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DOI of Published Version
Khayata I, Bourque J. Mobile anesthesia: Ready, set, pack, and go. Avicenna J Med 2012;2:40-4. DOI: 10.4103/2231-0770.99163. Link to article on publisher's website
Avicenna Journal of Medicine
Khayata, Issam and Bourque, Jesse, "Mobile Anesthesia: Ready, Set, Pack, and Go" (2012). Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Publications. 108.