Education  |   February 2012
Anesthesia Checklist
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Audrey Shafer, M.D.
  • *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:
Anesthesiology 2 2012, Vol.116, 477-478. doi:
Anesthesia Checklist
  • □ 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
  • □ 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
  • □ 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
  • □ the surgeon, looking at you, eyes above masks, sees you and sees the nurse
  • □ the patient's wellbeing translated into the pulse of ocean waves reassuring in its relentlessness
  • □ what to do if the ocean stops
  • □ 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
  • □ yourself as a wingspread bird set to soar on thermals adjusting to the tiniest puffs even in the middle of the bright blue sky