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Education  |   February 2012
Anesthesia Checklist
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Audrey Shafer, M.D.
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  • *Stanford University School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California.
Article Information
Education / Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Ophthalmologic Anesthesia / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring
Education   |   February 2012
Anesthesia Checklist
Anesthesiology 2 2012, Vol.116, 477-478. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e3182354338
Anesthesiology 2 2012, Vol.116, 477-478. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e3182354338
Anesthesia Checklist
Prepare:
  • □ machines and supplies as an extension of you a connection, so you can hear your unconscious patient talk to you in ways profound and vital
Confirm:
  • □ the patient's identity that web of relationships, experiences earned or yearned spun with a thousand threads, some frayed, some hidden whose innermost knot is mystery
Acknowledge:
  • □ the patient's fear tethered like a beast in a nearly sealed cavern ready to rouse, frenzied and wild, especially at the call: open your eyes! 
  • □ the patient's gift, wrapped in wariness by the family yet inside nestles trust, shy at being given to you, a stranger
Ensure:
  • □ the surgeon, looking at you, eyes above masks, sees you and sees the nurse
Consider:
  • □ the patient's wellbeing translated into the pulse of ocean waves reassuring in its relentlessness
  • □ what to do if the ocean stops
Verify:
  • □ your readiness to stick, suck, squeeze, switch, screw, twist, tie, probe, poke, push, plunge, lift, click, wipe, glide, corral, inflate, deflate, placate, titrate, direct, triple check and above all, listen
Render:
  • □ yourself as a wingspread bird set to soar on thermals adjusting to the tiniest puffs even in the middle of the bright blue sky