Articles  |   October 2013
Tell Your Story! Be an Advocate for Patient-Centered, Physician-Led Anesthesia Care
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Articles   |   October 2013
Tell Your Story! Be an Advocate for Patient-Centered, Physician-Led Anesthesia Care
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 44-45.
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 44-45.
It began like any other day – a schedule full of routine cases at McFarland Clinic – physician anesthesiologist Dr. Patrick Allaire had just administered an epidural to his patient preparing to deliver her baby girl. A nervous, yet excited young mother was about to experience one of the most amazing moments in her life. As a mother, I recall those same emotions as I was preparing to deliver my son more than four years ago. What was anticipated to be a seamlessly joyous occasion for his patient, quickly took a terrible and unexpected turn. The young woman experienced cardiac arrest due to an amniotic embolism. Dr. Allaire immediately placed a breathing tube, administered medication to restart her heart and instructed the team to begin chest compressions. An emergency cesarean section was performed. Following the surgery, Dr. Allaire cared for his patient throughout the remaining day and night. Because of his broad medical knowledge and extensive specialty training, he was able to quickly assess and diagnose the medical emergency and make critical, split-second decisions. Despite an 85 percent fatality rate during such procedures, both the mother and child survived.
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