Archive December 2018 XIX, No. 12

10 Hot, New Anesthesia Products

Highlights from the exhibit hall at the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Jaime Baratta

Jaime Baratta, MD


The American Society of Anesthesiologists scaled the hills of San Francisco this year for its annual meeting, and the new products on display in the exhibit hall were a testament to innovation and ingenuity. Here are some that are likely to interest your anesthesia providers.

B. Braun

B. Braun | Clorotekal Spinal Anesthetic

Time is money, so B. Braun’s new spinal anesthetic, which just hit the market this fall, could be a game-changer, especially for outpatient facilities, which are always looking to get patients in and out of surgery as fast as safely possible.

Clorotekal (chloroprocaine hydrochloride) wears off in 40 to 45 minutes, instead of the usual hour-plus you’d typically get with bupivacaine. That should translate to a shorter time in the PACU and a shorter recovery time. In fact, one study found that patients given Clorotekal were ready to be discharged about 80 minutes sooner (150 vs. 230 minutes) than the bupivacaine group. Clorotekal also has a quicker onset time and has been associated with a lower urinary retention rate than other anesthetics.

My only concern: You want to be very sure that whatever surgery you’re doing is going to be quicker than the 40 minutes the anesthetic is predicted to last. Obviously, it’s inconvenient to have to convert to another anesthetic after surgery is underway.

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