Jess Bernard Weiss (1917 – 2007) was an American anesthesiologist.
Following an impressive career, Weiss is best remembered for his modification of the epidural needle by addition of a T-shaped set of wings
Major interest in obstetric anaesthesia shifting emphasis from general anaesthesia to regional
- Born 1917
- St. Mungo’s College of Medicine in Glasgow, Scotland
- Medical school training interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the US Navy
- 1984 – President, American Society of Anesthesiologists
- 1985-1987 President, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
- Died June 28, 2007
Weiss Epidural Needle
Like many others involved in the development of the epidural needle over time, Weiss made modifications to an existing epidural needle. The needle design, originally by Huber, was modified by Tuohy for use in epidural anesthesia before further modification by Hustead. Weiss made the addition of a T-shaped set of wings.
This favored the ‘hanging drop’ technique used by Weiss. The addition of wings was crucial because it allowed him to slowly advance the needle with both hands while observing the fluid drop disappearing as the tip of the needle entered the epidural space. Weiss also blunted the tip of the needle allowing the practitioner to push the dura mater forward without perforating it.
- KEY PAPERS
- Giuca MS, Desai SP. Eponyms in the operating room: careers of five American physicians. Bull Anesth Hist. 2013 Oct;31(2):32-5, 39.
- Frolich MA, Caton D. Pioneers in epidural needle design. Anesth Analg. 2001;93:215-20.
- Marquard B. Jess Weiss, 90; redesigned an epidural needle. Boston Globe, July 5, 2007
- Pierce EC. Obituary: Jess B. Weiss, M.D., 1917-2007. Bull Anesth Hist. 2007; 25: 17.
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