Ok, have any of you students or practitioners heard (or seen?) this one?
Supposedly, according to a study (only 20 women, hardly merits the term "study" IMHO) at the University of Louisville, "red hair is the first known visible genetic trait that indicates how much anesthesia a person needs." The redheads needed about 20% more anesthetic than brunettes...supposedly "because of a genetic variation that produces red pigment also triggers higher levels of the hormone that increases pain sensitivity....."
Now, I know we "reds" are histamine releasers, and bleeders....but come on!
I work at the University of Louisville Hospital, and it's true, we did that study. Personally, I think it needed to be done in another hospital that offered more elective procedures. Since these people had to volunteer to be part of the study, they might have found more people to participate. Most of our elective procedures are GI or OB related, and we only have about 40 beds for them. The rest of our beds (aside from Bone Marrow) are Trauma beds. They advertised for months to get people who were already planning elective procedures to volunteer, but a lot of people weren't willing to participate in a study involving their anesthesia- who could blame them.
Last edit by BBFRN on Dec 12, '02