An anesthesiologist's view of the human heart


13 Responses to “An anesthesiologist's view of the human heart”

  1. tsa says:

    I have heart problems and I don’t want to know this.

  2. cratermoon says:

    Around 8:25 he starts to talk about percutaneous valves. I have one of those, along with stents.

  3. zartan74 says:

    what does “media offline” mean? 

    maggie – your posts have always been amazing, but the last day or so they have been incredible.  just when boingboing seemed naively infatuated with the occupy [whatever] movements to the exclusion of anything else, your posts remind me of why I check boingboing several times a day.  cheers.

    • “Media offline” means that this video was not QC’ed before it was uploaded. When a piece of media, such as a still image or a video clip, is included in an edited sequence but then the file is either removed from the system or the path to the file is broken, the editing software can no longer see the media it expects at that time in the sequence and so displays a “media offline” message in its place.

      I have to QC the episodes of a children’s tv series I direct before they are sent to the broadcaster, and my heart sank when I saw this in the video above. Hard to believe this made it to the Guardian’s website and is still there now.

      • AlexG55 says:

        Well, this IS the Grauniad we’re talking about. Their copy-editing has been infamously bad since they were still published from Manchester…

  4. sillybapx says:

    I do this job, and I wish I had the software that he is using to better understand the TEE (esophagus doesn’t start with an “O” here in the states.)  EXCELLENT POST.

  5. Milton Santini says:

    I get to do this job too, but as a firefighter/paramedic! Sometimes, it’s anesthetizing and intubating someone on their living room floor. Sometimes, it’s outside on the street, in the gutter, etc.  in the snow, rain, dark, etc. 

    To keep our skills up, anesthesiologists kindly let us come  into the operating room and provide airway management. I admire the skill these physicians display – day in and day out, and they are extremely generous in sharing with us their knowledge. They certainly earn every  penny they make in the OR!

    An excellent post!

  6. aeon says:

    Nice to see my profession getting a bit of good publicity. We generally work in the background, only noticed on the rare occasions when something goes wrong.

    • Michael Schade says:

      i can only agree, the modern operating procedures and their successes were only made possible by the leaps and bounds our profession made in the last 50 years, today it’s the surgeon that restores function but anesthesists are keeping you alive

  7. NormanObstacle says:

    Just a little nitpicking: the man in the video is not an anesthesiologist. He is an anesthetist. In the United States, anesthesia is done by both nurses and physicians. To distinguish themselves from nurse anesthetists, physicians call themselves anesthesiologists. In the UK and other parts of the world, there are no nurse anesthetists and therefore no use for the word anesthesiologist.

  8. Amazing how such advanced software and capabilities could be available or even developed in a socialized medicine scheme. We’re led to believe in the US that socialized medicine is inferior, but this doesn’t seem to be the case.

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