Hello again my friends! It feels like ages since I have posted on the blog, but I am happy to be back…
Today, a fairly core bit of business for us.
Part of my absence involved a holiday. We visited the Science Museum in London (not my favourite to be honest) where I came across this delightful contraption.
We all know what nicotine does to the airways when inhaled, but how about when given rectally as this device was designed for ?!? It was used in patients who had drowned in the hopes of reviving them….
BT_AM 1.3 Describe the effect of anaesthetic agents and other drugs on airway reflexes
This article looks at the problem of laryngospasm, but does discuss the impact of anaesthetic agent on airway reflexes.
All iv induction agents EXCEPT ketamine depress laryngeal reflexes equally TRUE/FALSE
Hypercapnoea protects against laryngospasm TRUE/FALSE
Of the modern volatiles, sevoflurane causes the greatest depression of airway reflexes TRUE/FALSE
A surgical depth of anaesthesia is in itself a protection against laryngospasm TRUE/FALSE
In addition to its irritant effect on the airways, nicotine stimulates the respiratory centre TRUE/FALSE