Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is an educational journal for those associated with anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain medicine
The final edition of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care for 2015 is now available online and features a range of fascinating articles about our specialty. The issue commences with a personal editorial by Dr Christine Ball, who gives thanks to her friend and long-time collaborator, Dr Rod Westhorpe, for his many years of service to the journal. Together, the pair have authored the AIC cover notes for over 25 years, but November 2015 marks the last official contribution of Dr Westhorpe, who is now retired from clinical practice.
In this month’s issue, Webster et al present their findings from 20 highly realistic simulated cases involving clinician deviation from accepted practice guidelines during drug administration. In this study, the authors seek to determine the factors that influence deviation, arguing that this understanding will help improve creation of and compliance with future protocol.
43:6 includes a quality improvement project undertaken by Dafoe et al examining barriers to mobilisation of ICU patients and how they might be overcome. While factors such as limited staff education and poor interdisciplinary communication were easily identified as inhibiting mobilisation, the interventions made into these factors were largely unsuccessful, and as such require further study.
Also in the November journal is a study by Sidhu et al into teaching and learning of undergraduate anaesthesia at the University of Auckland. The authors report significant variability between anaesthetist and student opinion in regards to their clinical attachments, encouraging readers to undertake similar exercises in their institutions in order to optimise teaching and learning opportunities for undergraduate anaesthesia.
Lighter reads found in this month’s correspondence section include submissions on postpartum seizure following epidural anaesthesia and post–dural puncture headache, the use of Google Translate software for pre-anaesthetic consultation, pacemaker-induced R-on-T phenomenon leading to ventricular fibrillation post cardiac surgery, and renewing the call for environmentally responsible anaesthesia practice.
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