Sent a note to Dr. Bomback, the nephrologist. He’s happy with the low-contrast cath, doesn’t think we need to put a dialysis plan in place in advance. That sounds like good news. Wants labs at 2 and 7 days post-cath. Says that the efficacy of n-acetylcysteine as a protective measure wasn’t demonstrated in the studies done on the topic. Agrees that it couldn’t hurt, but says NAC is extremely hard to get; apparently the supply is limited and mostly reserved for cases of acetaminophen poisoning. Recommends hydration before and after the cath; I think that was already the plan.
I’m supposed to get a pre-op call tomorrow.
Author: Mark Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out.
Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken)
When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist
Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993)
Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989)
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