Anesthesia Guidebook

By Jon Lowrance

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Anesthesia Guidebook is the go-to guide for anesthesia providers who want to master their craft.

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#89 – Distraction in the OR with Heather Turcotte, DO
37:30
What’s up y’all this is Jon Lowrance and this is episode 89 – Distraction in the OR with Heather Turcotte, DO. Y’all, I am so stoked to bring you this conversation… I caught up with Dr Turcotte earlier this summer as she was finishing her residency in anesthesia and I’m pumped to finally get this […]
Sep 05, 2022
#88 – Combat Trauma Anesthesia with Dustin Degman, MSN, CRNA – Part 3
27:20
This is episode 88 and it’s part 3 off a three-part series with Dustin Degman, a CRNA formerly with the United States Army. In the first episode, we discussed Dustin’s experience in Afghanistan serving at a forward operating base in Paktika Province in 2012.  We talk about what makes up forward surgical teams and the […]
Aug 28, 2022
#87 – Combat Trauma Anesthesia with Dustin Degman, MSN, CRNA – Part 2
39:19
What’s up yall this is Jon Lowrance with Anesthesia Guidebook.  I am so pumped to bring you this series of 3 episodes on Combat Trauma Anesthesia!   This is episode 87 and it’s part 2 off a three-part series with Dustin Degman, a CRNA formerly with the United States Army. In the first episode, we […]
Aug 21, 2022
#86 – Combat Trauma Anesthesia with Dustin Degman, MSN, CRNA – Part 1
29:56
What’s up yall this is Jon Lowrance with Anesthesia Guidebook.  I am so pumped to bring you this next series of 3 episodes!   This is episode 86 and it kicks off a three-part series with Dustin Degman, a CRNA formerly with the United States Army on combat trauma anesthesia.   In this first episode, […]
Aug 14, 2022
#85 – The McLott Mix – Part 2 with Jason McLott, MSN, CRNA
33:11
Jason McLott, MSN, CRNA developed a mix of medications for doing opioid-free anesthesia that came to be know as the McLott Mix. It’s a combination of dexmedetomidine, lidocaine, ketamine and magnesium. Jason is clear that the McLott Mix helps achieve opioid-free anesthesia, not opioid-free analgesia, recognizing the role of opiates, if needed, in post-operative analgesia […]
Jul 19, 2022
#84 – The McLott Mix – Part 1 with Jason McLott, MSN, CRNA
43:19
Jason McLott, MSN, CRNA developed a mix of medications for doing opioid-free anesthesia that came to be know as the McLott Mix. It’s a combination of dexmedetomidine, lidocaine, ketamine and magnesium. In this episode, Mr McLott himself unpacks the story of the mix’s development, efficacy and principles for opioid-free anesthesia. He’s clear that this mix […]
Jul 12, 2022
#83 – Positive Deviance as a Catalyst for Change with Cherie Burke, DNP, CRNA
29:15
“Positive deviance is really about… taking those things that people are doing right and sharing them with everyone so that everyone is doing things to improve our patients’ care, our patients’ outcomes.”  Cherie Burke, DNP, CRNA Dr Cherie Burke joins me to unpack how positive deviance can be a catalyst for change in healthcare. Positive […]
Jul 09, 2022
#82 – How Change Management can Build Value with Randy Moore & Desirée Chappell
56:28
Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA and Desirée Chappell, MSNA, CRNA join me to talk about change management in healthcare. They are both on the leadership team with NorthStar Anesthesia, which provides perioperative services at over 200 facilities across 20 states. This conversation focuses on how leaders can navigate change, develop culture and build successful anesthesia […]
Jul 05, 2022
#81 – How to Navigate the Business of Anesthesia with Tracy Young, MSNA, CRNA, MBA
1:04:25
I caught up with Tracy Young, CRNA, MBA & CEO of YPS Anesthesia Services in Houston back in November 2019 to talk about the business of anesthesia. Tracy is one of the most sought-after experts on the business of anesthesia not just at CRNA conferences but throughout the healthcare management & business industry. In this […]
Jun 30, 2022
#80 – How to do 1099 Anesthesia Work with Sandry Gaillard, MSN, CRNA
41:18
What’s up yall, this is Jon Lowrance with Anesthesia Guidebook. This is episode 80 – how to do 1099 anesthesia work with Sandry Gaillard, MSN, CRNA. This is the second episode in a short series on the business of anesthesia. I’m gonna do a little run of interviews and topics on the business of anesthesia […]
Jun 25, 2022
#79 – The Future of Healthcare with Navin Goyal, MD & Saket Agrawal, CEO with OFFOR Health
39:56
What’s up yall this is Jon Lowrance with Anesthesia Guidebook.  I’m really excited to bring you this episode on the future of healthcare with Dr Navin Goyal and Saket Agrawal of OFFOR Health. This is episode 79 of anesthesia guidebook and it’s coming out on June 24, 2022. This is one of the most interesting […]
Jun 24, 2022
#78 – Thrive in Training: how to transition to practice
29:40
This episode covers advice for the last six months of anesthesia training, transitioning out of training and into the first six months of your anesthesia practice. The year encompassing your last six months of training through boards and your first six months of practice is epic!   There’s a huge learning curve you encounter during your […]
May 29, 2022
#77 – Thrive in Training: how to land your first job in anesthesia with Jon Bradstreet, MSN, CRNA
31:41
In this episode, I talk with Jon Bradstreet, MSN, CRNA who at the time of this recording was the chief CRNA/Director of CRNA Services at Maine Medical Center, Maine’s only level 1 trauma center. Jon was the chief CRNA who gave me my first job in anesthesia. At the time he hired my wife and […]
May 23, 2022
#76 – Thrive in Training: the SEE & NCE exams
45:42
This episode covers the NBCRNA’s SEE & NCE exams for SRNAs/RRNAs. Get these on lock down. Thrive in training. The Self-Evaluation Exam (SEE) is a 240-question computerized adaptive exam that’s designed for three reasons: help the SRNA gauge their progress in their training program help program faculty gauge how well they’re preparing students help SRNAs […]
May 22, 2022
#75 – Thrive in Training: communicating with preceptors
35:13
In this episode, the founders of From the Head of the Bed… Jon Lowrance, Kristin (Andrejco) Lowrance, Brad Morgan & Cassidy Padgett, talk about how to communicate with preceptors as anesthesia trainees. This conversation was recorded as one of the original podcasts released at the launch of From the Head of the Bed, the podcast […]
Apr 17, 2022
#74 – Thrive in Training: how to crush clinical
59:34
This episode offers a run down on how to prepare for the clinical phase of anesthesia training. We touch on practical tips like which apps are helpful, what gear to utilize & how to acclimate to the clinical environment as well as meta issues like developing emotional intelligence and the right kind of attitude to […]
Apr 15, 2022
#73 – Midlife Van Life: reinventing work-life balance with Kyle & Jen Steen
1:16:44
This show is so much fun and launching this now coincides with the launch date of my friends’ journey, which you’ll hear all about in this episode.   Kyle & Jen Steen have been friends of mine for the last 7 years.  Kyle’s been a CRNA for 13 years, Jen is a fashion designer and […]
Apr 05, 2022
#72 – Thrive in Training: finding balance with Temima Luchansky & Maya Kelkar
1:23:29
In this episode, I’m joined by Temima Luchansky & Maya Kelkar, the 2 current SRNA reps to the AANA Health & Wellness Committee, to talk about how to find balance in anesthesia training. Now if that immediately sounds impossible to you, then you’re listening to the right podcast.  We’re going to talk about a very […]
Mar 19, 2022
#71 – Thrive in Training: destroying didactics with Jenny Finnell, MSN, CRNA
44:34
Jenny Finnell, MSN, CRNA joins me to talk about how anesthesia trainees can master the didactic phase of their training. We cover lots of tips in this show: everything from how to make challenging content stick to how to get organized, which apps & resources are helpful and how to maintain mental wellbeing during anesthesia […]
Mar 13, 2022
#70 – Thrive in Training – Growth Mindset with Jenny Finnell, MSN, CRNA
37:00
Jenny Finnell, MSN, CRNA, the creator behind the CRNA School Prep Academy joins us today to talk about growth mindset. Learning to develop a growth mindset is key to pushing beyond where you’re at currently to where you want to go. Carol Dweck is a psychologist and the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology […]
Mar 06, 2022
#69 – Thrive in Training: how to start strong
41:34
The key to thriving in training is setting a trajectory in life based on your deep interest, learning to embrace deliberate practice in your craft, remembering your why and locking on to the hope that comes with knowing your goal is worth the work you will put in. This series is designed to help physician […]
Feb 28, 2022
#68 – Thrive in Training: how to prepare for anesthesia school
35:20
The Thrive in Training series is designed to help physician and nurse anesthesia residents succeed in anesthesia training. The key to thriving in training is setting your trajectory in life based on your deep interest, learning to embrace deliberate practice in your craft, remembering your why and locking on to the hope that comes with […]
Feb 21, 2022
#67 – How to Thrive in Training
28:36
This is the first episode in a series that will focus on helping anesthesia residents thrive in training. This is designed for physician and nurse anesthesia trainees and will unpack crucial beta for helping you dial your game in during anesthesia training. In this first episode I discuss finding your why behind going to anesthesia […]
Feb 20, 2022
#66 – The CPC Assessment (Exam) Overview
30:06
This is run down specifically on NBCRNA’s Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program Assessment (or Exam) for CRNAs. Episode 64 was a 10-minute run down on the whole CPC Program – a quick overview. In episode 65, I did a whole hour-long deep dive on the program, including the CPC Assessment. This episode cuts out all […]
Feb 12, 2022
#65 – 1-hour CPC Program Overview
1:03:57
This is an all-new 1-hour overview of the NBCRNA’s Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program for CRNAs. In April of 2019, I interviewed John Preston, DNSc, CRNA, FNAP, APRN and Lisa Kamen, CAE of the NBCRNA on the CPC Program for the podcast From the Head of the Bed. At the time, Dr Preston was the […]
Feb 12, 2022
#64 – 10-minute CPC Program Overview
13:46
This is a short overview of the NBCRNA’s Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program for CRNAs. In April of 2019, I interviewed John Preston, DNSc, CRNA, FNAP, APRN and Lisa Kamen, CAE of the NBCRNA on the CPC Program for the podcast From the Head of the Bed. At the time, Dr Preston was the Chief […]
Feb 11, 2022
#63 – Anesthesia Billing Models with Ian Hewer, CRNA
50:05
Dr Ian Hewer is the program director of Western Carolina University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice in nurse anesthesia program.  At the time of this interview, Ian had been a CRNA for 20 years, was an assistant professor in WCU’s nurse anesthesia program, held two master’s degrees – one in sociology, the other in anesthesia – […]
Feb 02, 2022
#62 – How to do Anesthesia for Global Outreach – Part 2 with Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA
25:54
This is part 2 of my conversation with Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA. In 2014, he, along with his wife and 2 young daughters, sold everything they owned and moved full time to the heart of Africa… to the town of Beré in the nation of Chad, to provide anesthesia services at hospital with severe resource […]
Jan 11, 2022
#61 – How to do Anesthesia for Global Outreach, Part 1 – Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA
47:52
This podcast and the one to follow are pure gems.  You’re gonna hear from Dr. Mason McDowell who in 2014, sold everything he, his wife and 2 young daughters owned and moved full time to the heart of Africa… to the town of Beré in the nation of Chad to provide anesthesia services at hospital […]
Jan 11, 2022
#60 – Kate Balzano-Cowan Paid Off >$100k Debt in a Year
34:28
All right y’all, you’re about to hear from Kate Balzano and how she paid off over $100,000 in student loan debt in a year. There’s three reasons I wanted to bring Kate’s story to you: The first is that Kate is all around an amazing human.  I have the privilege of working with her on […]
Dec 28, 2021
#59 – How to Achieve Your Goals
31:15
This is episode 59 – How To Achieve Your Goals.  This is one of my favorite episodes and the content here is something that I come back to again and again.  I’ve listened to it probably 5 or 6 times since I first released it and every time I come back to this, I leave […]
Dec 25, 2021
#58 – How to Recharge & Create Rhythm in Your Life
44:43
When’s the last time you put your cell phone down and did something relaxing or to recharge your energy? When’s the last time you felt relaxed and refreshed? Can you imagine feeling refreshed & relaxed, clear-minded and rested on a regular basis? Tanked up? Ready to charge? Finding rhythm and downtime to recharge seems wildly […]
Dec 13, 2021
#57 – Incivility in the Workplace – Joshua Lea, DNP, MBA, CRNA & Kelly Gallant, PhD, CRNA
1:11:29
Josh Lea, DNP, MBA, CRNA and Kelly Gallant, PhD, MSN, CRNA join me to discuss workplace incivility in anesthesia training. We discuss the role of precepting SRNAs and anesthesia residents, root causes and implications of incivility and processes for improving healthy work environments.  Josh Lea, DNP, MBA, CRNA is a professor of anesthesia at Northeastern […]
Dec 12, 2021
#56 – Guided Relaxation with Matt Zinder, MS, CRNA, CH
15:58
In this podcast, Matt Zinder, MS, CRNA, CH walks us through a fifteen-minute guided relaxation session that is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. You should try this at home, on your lunch break or to help you go to sleep at night.  Get to a place where you can close your eyes […]
Dec 09, 2021
#55 – How to Be Well During the Pandemic – Matt Zinder
49:26
This podcast was originally published on From the Head of the Bed on March 17, 2020. That was during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in December 2021, as the pandemic has stretched out nearly 2 years, we’re revisiting Matt Zinder’s advice on how to be well and cope with the stress and […]
Dec 09, 2021
#54 – Hardship in Anesthesia School
44:21
This episode speaks to why anesthesia school/residency is hard and what we as SRNAs, residents, program faculty, preceptors, CRNAs and physician anesthesiologists can do about it. Anesthesia training is hard because life is hard and doesn’t stop just because you enroll in an incredibly difficult program. Anesthesia school is also hard because anesthesia school is […]
Dec 08, 2021
#53 – Overcoming Setbacks in Anesthesia Training
22:44
I originally released this podcast on April 4, 2020 to offer advice & encouragement to SRNAs who had been furloughed from clinical due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While elements of this show speak specifically to that context, the themes ring true for overcoming any set back during anesthesia school. At the time, our level 1 […]
Oct 27, 2021
#52 – SRNA Wellness in COVID-19 with Adrienne Chavez & Kelly Gallant
44:54
This podcast was originally posted on April 13, 2020, in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this podcast both Kelly Gallant and Adrienne Chavez were SRNAs completing their anesthesia training. They have both completed their training and passed boards as CRNAs. This show continues to have value for SRNAs & […]
Oct 24, 2021
#51 – Provider Wellness with Christine Hein, MD
1:16:13
This is one of my favorite podcasts that I’v recorded. If you’ve had the privilege of working with or getting to know Dr Christine Hein, MD, – or once you listen to this podcast – you’ll know why! Christine Hein, MD is an emergency medicine physician and the Chief Wellness Officer at Maine Medical Center, […]
Oct 15, 2021
#50 – Parenting during Anesthesia Training with Lien & Nate Woodin
1:23:39
I’m joined today by Nate & Lien Woodin who are married and the parents of two boys – aged 6 & 9 as this show comes out on the first of October 2021. If you’re a critical care nurse, medical student, resident or SRNA – or a spouse or partner to one of these folks […]
Oct 01, 2021
#49 – Local Anesthetics with Skyler Rouhselang, BSN, SRNA
56:29
This episode was originally published in April 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community. In this podcast, Skyler provides a thorough overview of local anesthetics including relevant anatomy and physiology (i.e. nerve fibers, sodium channels, pKa, etc), types of local anesthetics and factors that effect onset, potency, duration […]
Sep 27, 2021
#48 – IV Induction Agents with Ashley Scheil, BSN, SRNA
52:11
This episode was originally published in April 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community. In this podcast, Ashley walks us through an overview of the most common IV anesthesia induction agents. We cover propofol, ketamine, etomidate, barbiturates (e.g. methohexital), dexmedetomidine and benzodiazepines (e.g. midazolam). A run down of […]
Sep 27, 2021
#47 – Pharmacodynamics of Volatile Anesthetics with Skyler Rouhselang, BSN, SRNA
30:06
This episode was originally released in April 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community.  In this podcast, Skyler walks us through the pharmacodynamics of volatile anesthetics. We talk extensively about the concepts related to minimum alveolar concentration (MAC), the mechanism of action of volatile anesthetics and the physiologic […]
Sep 25, 2021
#46 – Pharmacokinetics of Volatile Anesthetics with Skyler Rouhselang, BSN, SRNA
32:03
This episode was originally released in April 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community. In this podcast, Skyler gives a succinct run down on the pharmacokinetics of volatile anesthetics. We talk about uptake, distribution, elimination and metabolism and unpack concepts such as blood gas solubility, oil gas solubility, […]
Sep 25, 2021
#45 – The Anesthesia Machine with Ashley Scheil, BSN, SRNA
54:49
In this episode, which was originally released in April of 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community, Ashley provides an incredibly detailed run down of the anesthesia machine: the flow of gas through the machine, high, intermediate and low pressure system components in the machine, variable bypass vaporizer […]
Sep 22, 2021
#44 – Clinical Flow: from OR set up through intubation with Ashley Scheil, BSN, SRNA
43:32
In this episode, Ashley and I talk through how to set up an operating room anesthesia workstation, perform a preoperative patient assessment and progress through an IV induction and intubation. You’ll hear Ashley walk you through everything from how to do a quick machine set up, where to put your tape, how to introduce yourself […]
Sep 20, 2021
#43 – LVADs in non-cardiac surgery with Ben Levin, MD
52:25
This podcast was the last episode I published on From the Head of the Bed and originally came out on July 4, 2020.  In August of that year, I launched Anesthesia Guidebook and this episode is being re-released on September 16, 2021.    In this episode, I have the privilege of speaking with Ben Levin, […]
Sep 16, 2021
#42 – Opioid Free Anesthesia with Tom Baribeault, DNP, CRNA & Jayme Reuter, MS, CRNA
58:36
This episode was originally released on From the Head of the Bed on March 3, 2019 and recorded in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tom Baribeault, DNP, CRNA and Jayme Reuter, MS, CRNA talk with me about opioid free anesthesia. We discuss the progression to opioid free anesthesia (OFA), where OFA fits into enhanced recovery programs and the […]
Sep 13, 2021
#41 – Regional Anesthesia with Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C
39:20
This episode was originally released in April of 2020 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community and is being re-released on 5 September 2021 on Anesthesia Guidebook. In this episode, I speak with Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C about an introduction & overview of regional anesthesia. We discuss: opioid-free […]
Sep 05, 2021
#40 – Gas and Grass: Anesthetic Considerations for Care of the Cannabis User
49:30
Study Link: http://depaul.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Y32tyhtj6i8GZU Nicole Kellogg, BSN, SRNA and Elizabeth Fullford, BSN, SRNA join me to discuss the anesthetic considerations for cannabis users. This podcast is part of a study they’re conducting on the efficacy of an educational podcast for SRNAs and CRNAs. PLEASE COMPLETE THE PRE-SURVEY AND POST-SURVEY HERE. The study will be live through […]
Sep 01, 2021
#39 – The 5 Keys to Achieving Financial Independence with Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C
36:20
In this episode you’re going to hear from Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C on the 5 Keys for Achieving Financial Independence.  This show was originally released in April of 2020 on From the Head of the Bed and I’m pulling it forward to Anesthesia Guidebook on August 30, 2021.   I’m pumped Shane brought this […]
Aug 30, 2021
#38 – The Master Anesthesia app with Matthew Willis, DNP, CRNA
1:03:28
Dr Matthew Willis is the CRNA who created and produces the educational app Master Anesthesia, which is available from the App Store and Google Play Store.   I’ve been using this app for the last several months and I’m super impressed at a few things: it’s packed with real-world information that’s evidence based from case […]
Aug 25, 2021
#37 – Emotional Intelligence of SRNAs with Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA
28:12
This episode is coming out on August 21, 2021 but it FIRST came out way back on September 19, 2015.   The show is on emotional intelligence of SRNAs with Dr Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA. At the time of the interview, Dr Shawn Collins was the nurse anesthesia program director and the interim dean […]
Aug 22, 2021
#36 – DNP: The Future of CRNA Education with Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA
26:09
This episode originally appeared on the podcast From the Head of the Bed on August 6, 2015. It’s re-released here on August 17, 2021. Dr Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA and I discuss the transition from Master’s level training for CRNAs to practice doctorates, most commonly the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree or DNP.   […]
Aug 17, 2021
#35 – Asynchronous learning and the future of anesthesia education
22:17
This podcast follows up on the previous show which discussed free open access medical education (FOAM) and the use of social media in anesthesia education. Here, I discuss the power of asynchronous learning to shape the future of anesthesia education. The power of asynchronous learning comes from the ability of content experts to produce something […]
Aug 15, 2021
#34 – FOAM and social media in anesthesia education
28:59
Free open access medical education – or FOAM – is any medical educational content that’s shared freely on open access platforms, meaning the public can consume it without having to be a member of an organization or pay a subscription fee.  The reason it’s significant is that it brings evolving science & literature – and […]
Jul 31, 2021
#33 – Flow and the Can-O-Calm
22:04
In this episode, I tell you a story about whitewater paddling and unpack the concept of flow described by psychologist and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD. I also present the Can-O-Calm for the first time on the podcast. This secret, magical, weightless and even sterile (when you need it to be) tool will help get you […]
Jun 30, 2021
#32 – Harnessing the power of deliberate practice
21:20
This podcast discusses deliberate practice, a concept developed by renowned cognitive psychologist Anders Ericsson, PhD. Deliberate practice is the kind of practice that top performers employ in order to reach the very highest levels of excellence across domains. Ericsson studied countless musicians, athletes, dancers, chess players, medical professionals and others to uncover the secrets and […]
Jun 20, 2021
#31 – Expertise in Anesthesia with Denham Ward, MD, PhD
51:55
This episode originally released on From the Head of the Bed in February of 2017. Denham Ward, MD, PhD joined me to talk about expertise in anesthesia. At the time of this recording, Dr Ward was the director of the Academy at Maine Medical Center Institute for Teaching Excellence and professor of anesthesiology at Tufts […]
May 30, 2021
#30 – The mid-to-late career phase with Cindy Farina, DNP, CRNA
54:07
In this episode Dr Cynthia Farina and I talk about the mid-to-late phase of your career as a CRNA.  Every stage of your career has unique challenges & opportunities. There’s so much attention focused on getting into CRNA school, the SRNA/resident/training phase and becoming a new CRNA… this conversation is for the part of your career […]
May 29, 2021
#29 – On Retirement with Eric Carlson, CRNA
1:02:12
I caught back up with Eric Carlson, CRNA to discuss his recent retirement and advice he has for anesthesia providers still in the thick of it. Eric was interviewed by Kristin Lowrance, MSN, CRNA way back in 2015 for our podcast “From the Head of the Bed.” We just re-released that podcast as #28 – […]
May 22, 2021
#28 Can’t Intubate, Can’t Oxygenate (CICO) during stat C-section: a case study with Eric Carlson, CRNA
42:02
This podcast was originally published on March 1, 2015. In this episode Kristin Lowrance, MSN, CRNA talks with Eric Carlson, CRNA about a case where he was called for a stat Cesarean section and after a rapid sequence induction, he could not intubate or oxygenate the patient. The case was at 2AM and Eric was […]
May 10, 2021
#27 – Total knee arthroplasty in the COVID-19 era with Adam Rana, MD & Ryan Mountjoy, MD
50:41
This episode outlines the overnight transition to same-day surgery & discharge for total knee patients at Maine Medical Center. Surgeon Adam Rana, MD was informed on a Tuesday afternoon in December 2020 that elective cases requiring overnight hospital stays were being canceled effective immediately. He reached out to physician anesthesiologist Ryan Mountjoy, MD, along with […]
Apr 28, 2021
#26 – Mobile, pediatric dental anesthesia with Paul Samuels, MD
44:18
Paul Samuels, MD is a pediatric physician anesthesiologist who works with SmileMD to provide mobile anesthesia for dental offices. We talk about the unique characteristics of working in a mobile anesthesia setting for pediatric dental cases. Topics include: skills required to excel as an anesthesia provider in a mobile, pediatric setting preoperative screening of patients […]
Apr 24, 2021
#25 – Preventing Hypothermia in Arthroplasty Surgery with Brian McGrory, MD
51:20
My guest today is Dr Brian McGrory.  His is an orthopedic joint replacement surgeon at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.    He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry biology at Cornell, attended medical school at Columbia, followed by residency in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School where he also earned a Master’s […]
Apr 19, 2021
#24 – Social media leverage & landmines with Jason Bolt, DNP, CRNA
1:14:25
Dr. Jason Bolt, DNP, CRNA is a YouTuber and social media influencer in the anesthesia community. He graduated from Union University with his doctorate in anesthesia in 2019 and now practices in a collaborative group in the Bay Area. He offers mentorship through his YouTube channel memberships and enjoys helping others reach their goals in […]
Apr 02, 2021
#23 – Serotonin Syndrome with Trent & Katie Bishop, CRNAs
1:05:40
Today my guests are Trent and Katie Bishop, a CRNA couple who practice independently and live in Durango, Colorado.  We’re going to talk about serotonin syndrome and cases that both Trent and Katie have recently experienced as providers in their practice. Trent has a background in biology and EMS prior to pursuing a career as […]
Mar 27, 2021
#22 – The Demo-Do Teaching Technique
18:00
“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Let me do and I will understand.” – Confucius Demo-do teaching is all about “show me and I will remember.” Demo-do is a simple process where educators outline what will be demonstrated, then demonstrate the process as it should be performed, then coach […]
Mar 09, 2021
#21 – Best Practices in Precepting with Obinna Odumodu, BSN, SRNA
50:15
Please follow the link below to complete the survey associated with this podcast for Obi’s research with the University of Saint Francis: Effectiveness of a Nurse Anesthetist Preceptor Training Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9M7VG92 Obinna Odumodu, BSN, SRNA is currently completing his doctorate in anesthesia at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana as of February […]
Mar 01, 2021
#20 – Rural Independent CRNA Practice with Chuck Frisch, DNP, CRNA, FAAPM, CH
34:03
Today my guest is Chuck Frisch, DNP, CRNA, FAAPM, CH, a CRNA with over 35 years of experience in anesthesia who serves as the director of anesthesia at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Nebraska.  He’s here to talk about rural, independent CRNA practice. Chuck initially studied molecular, cellular & developmental biology in college before […]
Feb 20, 2021
#19 – Anesthesia Top Drawer Run Down – Part 3
59:36
The Top Drawer Run Down is a 3-part series covering the 39 most commonly administered intravenous medications in anesthesia. These medications are often found in the top drawer of anesthesia carts in the United States. The Top Drawer Run Down was originally posted on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia […]
Feb 18, 2021
#18 – Anesthesia Top Drawer Run Down – Part 2
1:12:07
The Top Drawer Run Down is a 3-part series covering the 39 most commonly administered intravenous medications in anesthesia. These medications are often found in the top drawer of anesthesia carts in the United States. The Top Drawer Run Down was originally posted on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia […]
Feb 06, 2021
#17 – Anesthesia Top Drawer Run Down – Part 1
1:02:17
The Top Drawer Run Down is a 3-part series covering the 39 most commonly administered intravenous medications in anesthesia. These medications are often found in the top drawer of anesthesia carts in the United States. The Top Drawer Run Down was originally posted on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia […]
Jan 31, 2021
#16 – Ondansetron for preventing spinal-induced hypotension with Jenny Li, BSN, SRNA
35:53
In this episode, I talk with Jenny Li, BSN, SRNA about using pre-procedural ondansetron to prevent spinal-induced hypotension in elective cesarean-sections. Ms Li is completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University at Buffalo and structured her doctoral work around this topic. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of […]
Jan 01, 2021
#15 – Significant Others and Anesthesia School with Jen & Rob Montague
1:35:41
Today I’m joined by Jennifer & Robert Montague to talk about the experience of significant others in anesthesia school. Rob is currently a second-year SRNA at the University of New England and Jen, his wife, is a Master’s-prepared Registered Dietitian who has taken on the lioness’ share of providing child care and homeschooling responsibilities for […]
Dec 22, 2020
#14 – Board Preparation with LTC Peter Strube, DNP, CRNA
45:15
Lieutenant Colonel Peter D. Strube is a CRNA who graduated from St. Mary’s University school of anesthesia in 2006 with a master’s degree. His undergraduate degree is from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He was awarded the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) in June of 2017 and is currently enrolled in his MBA. Lieutenant Colonel […]
Dec 12, 2020
#13 – Perioperative Buprenorphine Management with Aurora Quaye, MD
34:44
Aurora Quaye, MD is an anesthesiologist who specializes in regional anesthesia and pain medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in Regional Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Quaye’s clinical interests include decreasing the use of opioids for pain management, in improving provider education […]
Dec 04, 2020
#12 – Ten Things Every Anesthesia Provider Should Know
15:10
The following ten ideas have the power to change your attitude towards and even the trajectory of your professional career and life.  There’s three core domains to developing as an anesthesia provider:  your knowledge base, skill set and attitude.  Each are unique and require different kinds of effort or deliberate practice to grow & improve.  […]
Nov 29, 2020
#11 – Cognitive Aids Make You More Effective in Emergencies with Ryan Mountjoy, MD
30:20
This episode is a continuation of the series on Leadership in Emergencies… the art & science of resuscitation.   Be sure to go check out episode 7 of the podcast where I give a quick run down of leadership in emergencies and how we can work towards improving our individual & team performance in anesthesia […]
Oct 31, 2020
#10 – 10 Quick Tips for Learning Airway Management
12:24
This is a distillation of 10 key tips to help folks who are learning airway management improve their skills. This show gets straight to the point: 10 tips for airway management in 10 minutes. 10 Tips for Airway Management 1. Develop a growth mindset and practice deliberately 2. Do a good airway assessment 3. Develop […]
Oct 31, 2020
#9 – How to Earn Class B Credits with Podcasts
18:18
The NBCRNA CPC Program allows for CRNAs to earn Class B Credits by listening to podcasts; this episode tells you how. The National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) recognizes anesthesia-related podcasts, like Anesthesia Guidebook, as valid sources of Class B credit in their Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program that all CRNAs […]
Oct 21, 2020
#8 – How to master precepting with Will Cohen, MSN, CRNA
1:02:53
Today I’m joined by Will Cohen to talk about clinical precepting.  We discuss ways to create effective learning environments, how to expect excellence while being supportive and other tips for mastering the art of precepting. Will created the Facebook page CRNA Preceptors and has become well known in the CRNA world for creating masterfully crafted […]
Oct 17, 2020
#7 – Leadership in Emergencies – how to master the art & science of resuscitation
23:52
Leadership in emergencies is about leadership outside of emergencies. The art and science of resuscitation involves understanding and mastering both the systems design and human factors at play in emergencies. In this episode, I unpack research by Weinger, et. al. (2017) to help us see the potential for improvement in our response to emergencies as […]
Oct 12, 2020
#6 – Van life in anesthesia school with Marcus House
43:48
Today I talk with Marcus House, BSN, SRNA about his decision to live in an ambulance during remote clinical rotations in anesthesia school. Marcus is currently working towards completing his Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice at Missouri State University. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Education and Nursing, both from Southeast Missouri State University. […]
Oct 02, 2020
#5 – The CRNA Chase with Kiki Mattress, MSNA, CRNA
39:44
Kiki Mattress, MSNA, CRNA runs the blog The CRNA Chase which seeks to “empower, inspire, and educate” people who are interested in becoming CRNAs. In this episode, I talk with Kiki about her journey to become a CRNA and her passion for helping others understand and be successful on that same path. “Don’t just talk […]
Sep 24, 2020
#4 – Front Line Heroes with M.J. Hiblen
1:00:16
MJ Hiblen is an illustrator from Norwich, United Kingdom who’s first book of art titled, Front Line Heroes is available now from Eyewear Publishing.  This book is incredibly powerful.  I’ve followed MJ’s work on Instagram since the early days of the COVID19 pandemic when he began drawing images depicting the coronavirus as a classic comic-book […]
Sep 20, 2020
#3 – Succinylcholine – Michael Mielniczek, BSN, SRNA
1:04:21
This episode on succinylcholine will unravel the mysteries and controversies around the medication – from it’s molecular shape and how that influences which receptors subtypes and locations it exerts its effects on to practical information on dosing and how to optimize airway management while mitigating the side effects of succinylcholine.  At the time of this […]
Aug 31, 2020
#2 – Dexmedetomidine – Matt Poirier, MSNA, CRNA
25:48
This is a quick run down on the use dexmedetomidine in the perioperative environment.
Aug 29, 2020
#1 – Anesthesia Guidebook Origin Story
11:57
Welcome! You made it! This is episode 1: the origin story, the backdrop, the context to who we are, where we’re from and where we are headed. Check out the podcast in your favorite player or right here on the website to hear our story, which is all about YOUR STORY! You’re on a path […]
Aug 24, 2020