Have you ever wondered why some surgeons seem to be so concerned whether their patient is “cleared” for surgery? It almost seems like they expect anesthesiologists to roll dice to decide whether their procedure is cancelled or not. In the setting of multi-system trauma, this is a perfect opportunity for you to step up as a member of the perioperative team to help guide management in orthopedic fractures. Dr. Justin E Richards has taken the time to provide thoughtful guidelines to determine if it is in your patient’s best interests to have definitive fixation.
Dr. Richards hails from R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center’s Division of Trauma Anesthesiology. His career in medicine started when he went to Temple University for his doctorate in medicine. He then went on to Vanderbilt University for residency and completed his training at the University of Maryland when he finished his fellowship in Critical Care Medicine. His research foci are mainly in the traumatically injured surrounding critical care and orthopedics. To view his editorial, click here