I think it'll be a little different, j_sde. Procedure-wise, they usually use mask induction on children (vs. IV-induction in adults), and the IV is started afterwards. IV's are a LOT harder to start on kiddos, and you'll probably be using a straight blade for most of your intubations. You also have to be a lot more careful with fluids and air-bubbles, and there's the added dynamics of dealing with fussy kids and talking to mom. Thus, it's not the ideal preparation for an adult anesthesia away-rotation, but at the same time, what-you-know and whether you can slap the tube in blindfolded are only minor components of your evaluation (in my opinion). I would definitely enjoy your peds anesthesia month and not worry too much. You'll be fine.Originally posted by j_sde
quick question... wonder if the 4th years or residents can help me out..
i'm doing a peds anesthesia rotation for my first block in 4th year (originally scheduled a general anesthesia but wasnt able to get that) home program. i wanted to use the home program rotation to get my feet wet on anesthesia, and get an idea of whether this is really the field i want to do.
but, now that i'm going to do a peds anesthesia prog.... will it still be a good representation of what an anesthesia residency is about? and a good representation of the anesthesia field itself so i can figure out if its for me? and also... will be be too different in pathology and procedures, thus making not being too helpful when i do my away general anesthesia electives? might be dumb quesitons.... but i'm thinking anesthesia comorbidity issues you commonly see in adult anesthesia will not be seen in the peds?
thanks for yoru inputs,