Hamad Medical Corporation Hamad General Hospital

Doha, Qatar

Hamad Medical Corporation Hamad General Hospital

Doha, Qatar

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Shaikh N.,Hamad Medical Corporation Hamad General Hospital | Hanssens Y.,Hamad Medical Corporation Hamad General Hospital | Louon A.,Hamad Medical Corporation Hamad General Hospital
Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology | Year: 2011

Remifentanil is an opioid analgesic frequently used in intensive care patients because of its rapid onset of action, potency, and ultra-short duration. If an excessive dose is given, it leads to rapid, short lasting, potentially life-threatening side effects such as apnea, bradycadia, hypotension, and rigidity, following rapid peak serum levels. We report a 36-year-old woman developing apnea with bradycardia and hypotension, following an infusion in the central venous catheter lumen that had been used for remifentanil till tracheal extubation. The patient was immediately ventilated with bag-valve-mask and improved within 8 minutes. She became fully awake, heart rate and blood pressure returned to normal, and oxygen saturation improved to 100%. Acute care physicians, intensivists, anesthesiologists, and critical care nurses should be aware of this clinical problem in order prevent it as much as possible and to initiate immediate resuscitative measures.


PubMed | Hamad Medical Corporation Hamad General Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of anaesthesiology, clinical pharmacology | Year: 2011

Remifentanil is an opioid analgesic frequently used in intensive care patients because of its rapid onset of action, potency, and ultra-short duration. If an excessive dose is given, it leads to rapid, short lasting, potentially life-threatening side effects such as apnea, bradycadia, hypotension, and rigidity, following rapid peak serum levels. We report a 36-year-old woman developing apnea with bradycardia and hypotension, following an infusion in the central venous catheter lumen that had been used for remifentanil till tracheal extubation. The patient was immediately ventilated with bag-valve-mask and improved within 8 minutes. She became fully awake, heart rate and blood pressure returned to normal, and oxygen saturation improved to 100%. Acute care physicians, intensivists, anesthesiologists, and critical care nurses should be aware of this clinical problem in order prevent it as much as possible and to initiate immediate resuscitative measures.


PubMed | Hamad Medical Corporation Hamad General Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Qatar medical journal | Year: 2014

Late cancellations of scheduled elective surgery limit the ability of the surgical care service to achieve its goals. Attributes of these cancellations differ between hospitals and regions. The rate of late cancellations of elective surgery conducted in Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar was found to be 13.14% which is similar to rates reported in hospitals elsewhere in the world; although elective surgery is performed six days a week from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm in our hospital. Simple and systematic analysis of these attributes typically provides limited solutions to the cancellation problem. Alternatively, the application of the theory of constraints with its five focusing steps, which analyze the system in its totality, is more likely to provide a better solution to the cancellation problem. To find the constraint, as a first focusing step, we carried out a retrospective and descriptive study using a quantitative approach combined with the Pareto Principle to find the main causes of cancellations, followed by a qualitative approach to find the main and ultimate underlying cause which pointed to the bed crisis. The remaining four focusing steps provided workable and effective solutions to reduce the cancellation rate of elective surgery.

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