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Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week

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

This tutorial is a practical guide to ultrasound guided supraclavicular brachial plexus block. Relevant anatomy and indications for the block are described in detail. It also contains useful advice on which local anaesthetic to use, relevant doses, potential complications and side effects.

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Ultrasound Guided Supraclavicular Brachial Plexus Block - ATOTW 384

The Maternal Early Warning Score (MEWS) is a system designed to help early detection of sick mothers and potentially allows the opportunity to intervene and prevent deterioration. This tutorial discusses the application of MEWS and the evidence behind its use.

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Maternal Early Warning Scores (MEWS) - ATOTW 383

Ventilator-associated pneumonia is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in critically unwell patients who undergo invasive mechanical ventilation via an endotracheal tube or tracheostomy. Throughout this article we will discuss the incidence, scoring systems, pathophysiology, prevention, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia - ATOTW 382

A review of the evidence and utility of ketamine. This includes discussion of its role as an anaesthetic and analgesic drug for use in the pre-hospital environment, emergency department, operating theatre and critical care unit.

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Ketamine: Recent Evidence and Current Uses - ATOTW 381

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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All ATOTW online, self-directed learning modules published since July 2017 offer opportunities for CME/CPD activity through the completion of a short online quiz. To learn more about how you can claim CME/CPD please click the button below.


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Message from the Editor-in-Chief

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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