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Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week

Quadratus lumborum blocks (QLB) offer adjuvant analgesia for multiple surgeries including abdominal, orthopaedic, gynaecology and urology. QLB is a variation on a transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block which is performed with a USS using the curvilinear probe. There are 4 approaches to the QLB.

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Quadratus Lumborum Blocks

The COVID-19 pandemic presents the potential to encounter pregnant patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. This tutorial covers the anaesthetic management of pregnant patients with COVID-19, including an overview of effects of COVID-19 on the mother and fetus, management considerations, labour analgesia and anaesthesia for caesarean section and obstetric procedures.

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Anaesthetic management of pregnant patients with COVID-19 - ATOTW 432

Test your knowledge across the board of anaesthesia specialities with the September 2020 ATOTW Quarterly quiz

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Cerebral Challenge: September Quarterly Quiz

As the march of ‘globesity’ continues, bariatric surgery is becoming common. This tutorial describes some of the unique challenges faced in the perioperative care of the bariatric surgery patient, including preoperative assessment and optimization with a focus on intraoperative airway management, monitoring and drug dosing and early post-operative care.

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Perioperative Care for Bariatric Surgery - ATOTW 431

Paediatric Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) has lagged significantly behind their adult surgical compatriots. This article will look at the arguments for and against paediatric ERAS, discuss the multidisciplinary approach to a patient-centred model, review the progress that has been made to date, and conclude with future aspirations for ERAS to improve paediatric surgical care worldwide and potentially become a new standard of care for paediatric surgery.

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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) in the Paediatric Population - ATOTW 430

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Test your knowledge across the board of anaesthesia specialities with our ATOTW Quarterly Quiz!

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Anaesthesia tutorial of the Week is an online open access educational resource. Our aim is to support anaesthesia training throughout the world, particularly in areas where access to journals and learning material is limited.

ATOTW is published on a bi-weekly basis and translated into five languages. All our tutorials are peer reviewed and based on most current literature. Readers can also test their knowledge through our online CME quizzes. Anyone is welcome to use our material and we hope you find ATOTW a useful resource in your clinical practice!

Maytinee Lilaonitkul
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University of California San Francisco

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