Multimodal Analgesia and the Vigilance of Heimdall

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Heimdall (pronounced “HAME-doll”) is the Norse god, who serves as the always-vigilant protector of the gods’ fortress, Asgard.1 He is the deity of perception, attention to detail, and watchfulness. His other worldly heightened senses aid him as a watchman. He needs less sleep than a bird, he can see for hundreds of miles at any time of day or night, and his hearing is so superior that he can hear the wool growing on sheep. We should remember that Vigilance is the motto of the American Society of Anesthesiologists; thus, tapping into our inner Heimdall to ensure our patients’ safety should be every anesthesiologist’s goal.
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