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Amy Lu, MD

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Specialties

Anesthesiology

Work and Education

Professional Education

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States of America, 6/15/2003

Internship

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, 6/25/2004

Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 11/24/2007

Board Certifications

Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

All Publications

Perioperative Care and Airway Management for a Patient With Sagliker Syndrome CUREUS Chen, Q., Lorenzo, J., Lu, A. 2020; 12 (9)
Elective Surgery and COVID-19: A Framework for the Untested Patient. Annals of surgery Lu, A. C., Burgart, A. M. 2020

View details for DOI 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004474

View details for PubMedID 32889879

The Tipping Point of Medical Technology: Implications for the Postpandemic Era. Anesthesia and analgesia Lu, A. C., Cannesson, M., Kamdar, N. 2020; 131 (2): 33539

View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005040

View details for PubMedID 32511105

COVID-19 Preoperative Assessment and Testing: From Surge to Recovery. Annals of surgery Lu, A. C., Schmiesing, C. A., Mahoney, M., Cianfichi, L., Semple, A. K., Watt, D., Fischer, S., Wald, S. H. 2020

View details for DOI 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004124

View details for PubMedID 32541233

COVID-19: Common Critical and Practical Questions. Anesthesia and analgesia Lu, A. C., Sastry, S. G., Wong, B. J., Deng, A., Wald, S. H., Pearl, R. G., Tsui, B. C. 2020

View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004938

View details for PubMedID 32366770

N95 Respirator Alternatives And Conservation Strategies. Anesthesia and analgesia Wong, B. J., Lu, A. C., Tarlow, B. D., Tompkins, L. S., Chawla, A. n., Pearl, R. G., Wald, S. H. 2020

View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005134

View details for PubMedID 32701549

Perioperative Care and Airway Management for a Patient With Sagliker Syndrome. Cureus Chen, Q. n., Lorenzo, J. n., Lu, A. n. 2020; 12 (9): e10691

Abstract

In this report, we present a case of a patient with a history of complex airway anatomy secondary toSagliker syndrome(SS) who presented with acute exacerbation of chronic respiratory failure. The patient's difficult airway, complicated medical comorbidities, and poor psychosocial status posed a unique challenge for providing safe care during an emergency.The perioperative anesthesia service (PAS), led by critical care anesthesiologists, coordinated a multidisciplinary airway management plan.The PAS team also assisted this medically complex patient with her decision-making process. A 37-year-old female with SS, which is characterized by irreversible disfiguring of head and neck anatomy secondary to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and poorly controlled hyperparathyroidism, presented with acute exacerbation of chronic respiratory failure due to hypervolemia. The patient's respiratory status rapidly deteriorated despite aggressive hemodialysis, requiring transfer to the ICU. Given the challenging anatomy and poor respiratory reserve in this patient, the PAS team helped coordinate a comprehensive airway plan that involved transnasal fiberoptic intubation, and in case of emergency, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as a bridge to a surgical airway. During the decision-making process, the patient was found to be in psychological distress and had limited insights into her condition. The PAS team helped facilitated multidisciplinary goals-of-care discussions for the patient and her family.Fortunately, the patient's oxygenation improved with noninvasive oxygen support and aggressive hemodialysis without the need for intubation.She was discharged with outpatient follow-up appointments arranged to discuss long-term management. This is the first reported case of SS in the United States. The early involvement by the PAS team helped coordinate a multidisciplinary care plan for this patient with a difficult airway and complex comorbidities.This report highlights an innovative airway algorithm for a potentially "cannot-intubate, cannot ventilate" complex airway, and the PAS team's role in providing support for the patient's physical and psychological needs, suggesting that a comprehensive perioperative service can improve the quality and safety of care, not only for surgical patients but also for medically complex patients as well.

View details for DOI 10.7759/cureus.10691

View details for PubMedID 33133856

View details for PubMedCentralID PMC7593211

Resuscitation on collapsed healthcare worker while taking care of suspected or confirmed COVID patient: Questions and Answers. Anesthesia and analgesia Lu, A. C., Wong, B. J., Sastry, S. G., Wald, S. H., Pearl, R. G., Tsui, B. C. 2020

View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005136

View details for PubMedID 32701548

Determination of Length of Time for "Post-Aerosol Pause" for Patients Under Investigation or Positive for COVID-19. Anesthesia and analgesia Wald, S. H., Arthofer, R. n., Semple, A. K., Bhorik, A. n., Lu, A. C. 2020

View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004921

View details for PubMedID 32345854

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Burnout, Wellness, and Resilience in Anesthesiology INTERNATIONAL ANESTHESIOLOGY CLINICS Answine, J. F., Lu, A. C., Levy, T. M. 2019; 57 (3): 13845
Preserving Perioperative Brain Health Through a Patient Safety Lens INTERNATIONAL ANESTHESIOLOGY CLINICS Riccio, C. A., Lu, A. C., Lin, D. M. 2019; 57 (3): 96110
Burnout, Wellness, and Resilience in Anesthesiology. International anesthesiology clinics Answine, J. F., Lu, A. C., Levy, T. S. 2019; 57 (3): 13845

View details for DOI 10.1097/AIA.0000000000000235

View details for PubMedID 31577244

Preserving Perioperative Brain Health Through a Patient Safety Lens. International anesthesiology clinics Riccio, C. A., Lu, A. C., Lin, D. M. 2019; 57 (3): 96110

View details for DOI 10.1097/AIA.0000000000000238

View details for PubMedID 31577241

Into the Wilderness?: The Growing Importance of Nonoperating Room Anesthesia Care in the United States. Anesthesia and analgesia Lu, A. C., Wald, S. H., Sun, E. C. 2017; 124 (4): 104446

View details for PubMedID 28319544