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doi: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e3182354338
Education: Mind to Mind

Anesthesia Checklist

Shafer, Audrey M.D.*
Section Editor(s): Cassella, Carol Wiley M.D.; Editor

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Anesthesia Checklist
□ machines and supplies as an extension of you a connection, so you can hear your unconscious patient talk to you in ways profound and vital
□ the patient's identity that web of relationships, experiences earned or yearned spun with a thousand threads, some frayed, some hidden whose innermost knot is mystery
□ the patient's fear tethered like a beast in a nearly sealed cavern ready to rouse, frenzied and wild, especially at the call: open your eyes!
□ the patient's gift, wrapped in wariness by the family yet inside nestles trust, shy at being given to you, a stranger
□ the surgeon, looking at you, eyes above masks, sees you and sees the nurse
□ the patient's wellbeing translated into the pulse of ocean waves reassuring in its relentlessness
□ what to do if the ocean stops
□ your readiness to stick, suck, squeeze, switch, screw, twist, tie, probe, poke, push, plunge, lift, click, wipe, glide, corral, inflate, deflate, placate, titrate, direct, triple check and above all, listen
□ yourself as a wingspread bird set to soar on thermals adjusting to the tiniest puffs even in the middle of the bright blue sky

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