It began like any other day – a schedule full of routine cases at McFarland Clinic – physician anesthesiologist Dr. Patrick Allaire had just administered an epidural to his patient preparing to deliver her baby girl. A nervous, yet excited young mother was about to experience one of the most amazing moments in her life. As a mother, I recall those same emotions as I was preparing to deliver my son more than four years ago. What was anticipated to be a seamlessly joyous occasion for his patient, quickly took a terrible and unexpected turn. The young woman experienced cardiac arrest due to an amniotic embolism. Dr. Allaire immediately placed a breathing tube, administered medication to restart her heart and instructed the team to begin chest compressions. An emergency cesarean section was performed. Following the surgery, Dr. Allaire cared for his patient throughout the remaining day and night. Because of...
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Roxanne Pipitone; Tell Your Story! Be an Advocate for Patient-Centered, Physician-Led Anesthesia Care. ASA Newsletter 2013; 77:44–45
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