Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is an educational journal for those associated with anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain medicine
The July 2016 edition of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and its annual History Supplement feature a range of intriguing articles. The History Supplement focuses on anaesthesia in the First World War.
The 44.4 Journal includes an interesting cover note on the rocking method of artificial respiration developed by Dr Frank Eve in 1932.
Low levels of Vitamin B12 are associated with recognised syndromes and may be a precipitating factor in cardiovascular disease while high levels are associated with poor outcomes in critically ill patients. Romain et al discuss whether there is a minimal role for therapeutic uses of Vitamin B12 in the absence of deficiency.
Ayasrah examines the high rates of uncontrolled pain amongst critically ill patients and suggests that pain should be treated before performing procedures to prevent or minimise pain, while Sidiropoulos et al demonstrate that a program of donation after circulatory death can deliver a substantial number of additional solid organs for transplantation, benefitting a large number of recipients.
A survey of anaesthetists’ practice of sedation for elective and emergency gastroscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and colonoscopy was undertaken by Leslie et al and revealed significant variation in the routine practice of endoscopy sedation by specialist anaesthetists in Australia.
The study conducted by Darvall et al found the pedometer to be a feasible, acceptable device to remotely monitor the activity levels of a cohort of participants. This technology may have benefits for prehabilitation of preoperative and other patient groups.
In addition, Slocombe and Pattullo describe the implementation of the ‘Stop Before You Block’ (SB4YB) initiative in an Australian teaching hospital and propose that SB4YB should be performed before all unilateral nerve blocks.
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