Features  |   October 2013
3DP and Anesthesia
Author Affiliations
  • James J. Mooney, M.D.
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information Technology
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Airway Management / Pediatric Anesthesia / Respiratory System / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring / Features
Features   |   October 2013
3DP and Anesthesia
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 26-27.
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 26-27.
Three-dimensional printing (3DP) has recently appeared in popular news, but like much of what is in the press, there is quite a bit of sensationalism mixed in with valid utility. At the same time, the exposure has highlighted many issues of varying degrees of concern to all of us; whether it is the legality and concern for dangers associated with printing firearms (the “Liberator”) or the production of mechanical arms for a child with a debilitating illness (goo.gl/XcITXs). More relevant to physician anesthesiologists, perhaps, are the recent reports of patient-specific stents being printed for an infant with tracheal stenosis1  or the growing possibility of bioprinting tissues or entire organs. In this article I will look into the technologies of 3DP, how it may be used alone or with other technologies, and its current and possible future roles in anesthesia practice, simulation and education.
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