Uh Oh…Is That Supposed To Be There???

By:  SK Shillcutt, MD, FASE The use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in liver transplantation is often used to manage hemodynamics, measure pulmonary artery pressures, and guide therapeutic interventions.  After graft implantation, the caval clamps are removed, and is often a time of significant cardiopulmonary changes.  Anesthesiologist can use TEE to watch for right ventricular failure, a common cause of hypotension and arrhythmias after unclamping. TEE can be used to identify proper filling, right ventricular distention, right ventricular function, tricuspid regurgitation and right-sided cardiac outputs. With… Continue Reading

UNMC at the ASA

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning, the air turns crisp and half the department disappears to some exotic local to come back more intelligent, more connected and perhaps more disheveled. . . . It’s time for the ASA. Technically, it was not quite half of the department up in Chicago but we had excellent representation this year at ASA.   Check out the number of posters presented by our department: Saturday October 15th  Pulmonary Embolus prior to Anhepatic Phase of Orthotopic Liver Transplant;… Continue Reading


Welcome to the UNMC Anesthesia blog!  The purpose of this blog is to serve as a venue for news, information and education.  Check in here to not only get information about events happening in the department but also articles about key topics in anesthesia, board question review and editorials.  “Why a blog?” you ask. My experience with blogs has largely been in the realm of hobbies and general news.  One day, however, I was visiting Anesthesiology’s website.  I noticed a link to subscribe to Page2. … Continue Reading