Case 40: What Would You Do?



You are a clinical professor of anesthesia, aged 54, working in a large university hospital. Since 7 a.m. you have been in the operating room supervising anesthetic cases. The time is now 5:30 a.m. the next day. You find yourself in the ICU to pick up a 4-year-old child who has been in a motor vehicle accident. He was an unrestrained passenger in the back seat. He is scheduled to have his facial laceration fixed by a plastic surgeon. The surgeon is anxious to get this case done prior to the start of his elective plastic list at 7:30 a.m. today. The case is booked for 1 h.


Exhausted anesthesiologist General anesthesia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA

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