Anaesthesiology mnemonics

Anesthesia machine/room check

MS MAID:

Monitors (EKG, SpO2, EtCO2, etc.)

Suction

Machine check (according to ASA guidelines)

Airway equipment (ETT, laryngoscope, oral/nasal airway)

IV equipment

Drugs (emergency, inductions, NMBs, etc.)

Endotracheal intubation: diagnosis of poor bilateral breath sounds after intubation

DOPE:

Displaced (usually right mainstem, pyreform fossa, etc.)

Obstruction (kinked or bitten tube, mucous plug, etc.)

Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)

Esophagus

General anaesthesia: equipment check prior to inducing

MALES:

Masks

Airways

Laryngoscopes

Endotracheal tubes

Suction/ Stylette, bougie

Spinal anesthesia agents

Little Boys Prefer Toys”:

Lidocaine

Bupivicaine

Procaine

Tetracaine

Xylocaine: where not to use with epinephrine

“Ears, Nose, Hose, Fingers and Toes”

  • Vasoconstrictive effects of xylocaine with epinephrine are helpful in providing hemostasis while suturing. However, may cause local ischemic necrosis in distal structures such as the digits, tip of nose, penis, ears.

“Digital PEN” – Digits, Penis, ear, nose.

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