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This article will briefly review mitochondrial biology, mitochondrial diseases and anaesthetic implications. This includes the preoperative assessment, intraoperative and postoperative management, and a review of the literature to assess the safety of commonly used intraoperative drugs.
Propofol infusion syndrome is a rare but potentially fatal condition associated with the use of propofol for longer term sedation in the critically ill patient. Prevention is the best form of management as there is no specific treatment other than the use of alternative sedation and supportive care. With propofol being one of the most widely used sedation agents in critical care, it is important that providers are aware of the prevention, diagnosis and management of this rare complication.
In the face of an unprecedented pandemic, facemasks became part of our daily lives, and yet we know little about this seemingly low-tech piece of device. This tutorial reviews the composition of a facemask, the essential properties that offer protection to healthcare workers, as well as the various methods of extending its availability at times of limited supply.
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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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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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.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly around the world with devastating consequences on patients, health care workers, health systems, and economies. As it reaches low- and middle-income countries, its effects could be even more dire, because it will be difficult for them to respond aggressively to the pandemic. There is a great shortage of all health care providers, who will be at risk due to a lack of personal protection equipment. Social distancing will be almost impossible. The necessary resources to treat patients will be in short supply. The end result could be a catastrophic loss of life. A global effort will be required to support faltering economies and health care systems.