Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week
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.Take the Quiz
The use of perineural catheter could provide prolonged pain relief after major surgeries. The following tutorial covers the indications, techniques and the post operative management of patients with these catheters. Particular emphasis is on the safety aspect while the catheters are sited with strict aseptic precautions and clear instructions to prevent any complications.Take the Quiz
ARDS is a syndrome of hypoxaemic respiratory failure associated with non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema which occurs in 10% of ICU patients. ARDS is often associated with multiple organ dysfunction and carries a high mortality, morbidity and financial cost. Due to its prevalence in the critical care patient population, it is important for physicians to understand some principles of management that may help reduce the mortality and morbidity of the syndrome.Take the Quiz
The tutorial aims to raise awareness of irrigation fluids that are commonly come across in operations. It covers the pharmacological properties of irrigation fluid, potential complications associated with its intraoperative use and measures to limit negative outcomes.Take the Quiz
This tutorial provides a review of the ultrasound guided infraclavicular brachial plexus block including clinical indications and contraindications, sonoanatomy, and helpful tips on block performance.Take the Quiz
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