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.
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.
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.
Intraoperative cell salvage in obstetrics is a safe adjunct or alternative treatment to allogenic blood transfusions during a postpartum hemorrhage. This tutorial will describe how the cell salvage circuit works and review the indications, contraindications, advantages, disadvantages and risks of intraoperative cell salvage in obstetrics.
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy treatment that is delivered directly to the abdomen during surgery as an effective multimodality treatment option for selected patients with peritoneal surface malignancies. This tutorial discusses the anaesthetic considerations and physiological impacts of the procedure.
This case report describes a number of risk factors that are associated with potential deformation or fracture of spinal needles during subarachnoid anaesthesia, followed by some practical tips on how to avoid this complication and how to deal with it if it occurs.
This tutorial aims to provide the reader with a framework for approaching the complex physiologic changes and challenges of liver transplant anesthesiology. After reading this article the reader should be able to understand the common perioperative issues surrounding the patient with liver failure and recognize that outcomes are dependent on a multidisciplinary approach to management.
This tutorial covers ultrasound-guided paravertebral nerve block. It discusses the basic anatomy, indications and complications associated with this peripheral regional anaesthesia. The article goes into detail the preparation required to carry out this block and discusses 3 common ultrasound-guided approaches that can be utilized.
This article highlights factors that make patients at high risk of perioperative myocardial ischaemia. It also discusses evidence for anaesthetic technique for this high-risk group and the management of intra-operative myocardial ischaemia.
This tutorial is based on learning from incidents reported to the National Health Service England and Wales National Reporting and Learning System, and covers infusion safety, preoperative assessment and bone cement implantation syndrome.