Jody Leng

Monitored Anesthesia Care for Vitreoretinal Surgeries: Which Technique is Safest?

Many ophthalmology cases require anesthesiology assistance for monitored anesthesia care (MAC). In our institution, the majority of vitreoretinal surgeries involve providing fast-acting anesthetics immediately prior to placement of retrobulbar blocks. In some cases, anesthesia providers were intervening with chin lift, jaw thrust, or mask ventilation after block placement. The purpose of our study was to investigate which, if any, combination of anesthetics provides adequate analgesia while minimizing the need for airway intervention.  

  • Started on: 10/12/2013
  • Presented to:American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting
  • Location:San Francisco, CA

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