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Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week

Between September 2017 and January 2019, WFSA conducted an online survey to evaluate the utility of ATOTW. We are delighted to present the survey report to demonstrate ATOTW’s impact and also highlight areas for improvement and expansion of this valuable resource.

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Evaluation of WFSA’s Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW)

This tutorial summarizes the current data and controversies surrounding the use of the bispectral index (BIS™, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA)—one of the more commonly used processed EEG devices—and provides recommendations regarding appropriate use of this technology in general anesthesia to prevent awareness

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Bispectral Index Monitoring and Intraoperative Awareness

This tutorial will initially look at the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic properties of clonidine. The article will then cover the clinical use of clonidine in anaesthetic practice including its use in sedation, analgesia, adjunct to local anaesthetics in regional blocks and other relevant uses.

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Clonidine and Anaesthesia - ATOTW 415

This tutorial will explore the currently published literature on erector spinae plane blocks and discover its versatility in regional anaesthesia.

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The Erector Spinae Plane Block: A Review of Current Evidence - ATOTW 414

Infective encephalitis is the acute, usually viral, infective inflammation of the brain parenchyma. A few patients will develop a severe manifestation and may deteriorate and require organ support. A low index of clinical suspicion and prompt antimicrobial treatment is crucial for the best chance of recovery without a disability. Management in the critical care setting focuses on treating the primary pathology whilst preventing secondary brain injury.

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Management of Infective Encephalitis in Critical Care - ATOTW 413

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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Interested in contributing to ATOTW?

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.


ATOTW for online self-directed learning/Continuous Medical Education

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

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Cerebral Challenge: Quarterly quiz

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

Copyright and re-distribution

WFSA ATOTW is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

This allows you to Share (copy and redistribute) the material in any medium or format. However, you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license.

You may not use the material for commercial purposes. If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material or suggest the licensor endorses you or your use. More information at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

It is the goal of WFSA ATOTW to support learning in anaesthesia across the globe.  We encourage you to  link to our tutorials and share or distribute them via any means providing you respect the terms above.