Wolfgang Steudel MD

Wolfgang Steudel MD

541 Lowell Avenue Newton, MA 02460

About the Expert

Dr. Steudel is a cardiovascular anesthesiologist with a background in lung research, and trained at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. Dr. Steudel is clinically active and specialized in cardiovascular anesthesia and difficult airway management, and will provide expert opinion and testimony on those, and other, anesthesia-related topics. Dr. Steudel is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists, and he is a long- standing member of the Editorial Board of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Steudel is licensed to practice Medicine in the states of California, Massachusetts, Montana and New York. He is member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the California Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Areas of Expertise

Anesthesiology
Critical Care
Drug Abuse
General Surgery
Medical Case Review
Medical Malpractice
Narcotics / Drug Trafficking
Obstetrics / Gynecology
Pain (Chronic) Management

Expert's Profile

Dr. Steudel is a cardiovascular anesthesiologist with a background in lung research, trained at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. As a general and cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, Dr. Steudel is qualified and available to provide expert opinion on most techniques and topics in anesthesia for obstetrics and most surgical and non-surgical specialties. He also provides opinion and consultation on electronic medical record (EMR) matters. Dr. Steudel is clinically active, resides in Massachusetts and is available for Consulting, Medical Insurance Reviews and as Expert Witness in the entire United States.

One of his main areas of interest is "airway management", side-effects and overdoses of anesthesia drugs.

In the clinical setting, before surgery, after administration of strong general anesthesia and relaxing agents, spontaneous breathing is suppressed or abolished. The provider, a physician or nurse, has to " secure an airway", e.g. he or she has to support or take over breathing with a mask, a modified mask in the mouth (laryngeal mask) or a breathing tube (endotracheal tube). If this fails – and there are many reasons why it may be difficult (i.e. obesity) - the patient can quickly suffer from life-threatening low levels of oxygen in the blood. Too low oxygen levels can lead to heart attack, stroke, permanent brain damage, cardiac arrest, or even worse, death.
The placement of the endotracheal tube (intubation), and the safe removal (extubation) are two key critical periods in anesthesia and critical care medicine. Every anesthesia provider has been trained in advanced airway management. Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit personnel also should have been trained in basic airway management, according to Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) guidelines. Despite the fact that modern technology is available to facilitate airway management, there are still many cases of "failed intubations", and unfortunately some lead to a disastrous outcome or death. Related to this topic, Dr. Steudel's expertise includes undesired drug effects, e.g. effects of strong pain medications (narcotics) administered during the operation or in other circumstances which outlast a closely supervised environment, such as a recovery room. These effects include impairment of clear thinking, possibly life-threatening impairment of breathing, and worse, unconsciousness, with the need of intubation.

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