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Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week

Anaemia is a common, modifiable risk factor contributing to post-operative morbidity and mortality. A complex range of aetiologies can often co-exist in an individual patient, leading to confusing and conflicting results. This tutorial discusses screening, diagnosis, and management of pre-operative anaemia.

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Pre-optimisation of Haemoglobin - ATOTW 389

Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia (AAGA) has been demonstrated to be more common in obstetric practice than in any other area of anaesthesia. Factors contributing to this increased risk include maternal stress or anxiety, emergency surgery and the “intravenous-inhalational” interval. This tutorial describes some strategies for managing this increased risk.

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Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia (AAGA) in Obstetrics - ATOTW 388

The management of the pregnant woman with a history of addiction or substance abuse can be challenging. This tutorial focuses on the pathophysiological effects of drug addiction, providing safe perioperative care and achieving effective analgesia both during labour and post-caesarean section.

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Management of pregnant women with a history of addictions or substance misuse - ATOTW 387

Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) is used for minimally invasive procedure for head and neck surgery. Potentially difficult airway and stimulating nature of the procedure requires a specific anaesthetic technique. Opioid based multi-modal analgesia is required for possible severe post-operative pain. This tutorial presents anaesthesia management for TORS.

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Anaesthetic considerations for Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) - ATOTW 386

The tutorial describes post-operative cognitive disorders and the implications on anaesthesia practice. An understanding of post-operative delirium and use of preventative strategies can improve morbidity and mortality in this vulnerable patient group.

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Postoperative Cognitive Disorders: Postoperative Delirium and Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction - ATOTW 385

ATOTW tutorials are written for anaesthetic providers on a wide range of topics relevant to anaesthesia and critical care. To date, hundreds of authors from across the world have shared their knowledge by writing a tutorial on a topic that interests them. To learn more about becoming an author click the button below.

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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
Assistant Professor
University of California San Francisco

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