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Posted in: ATOTW > Paediatric Anaesthesia 2020 Language: english

Paediatric Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) has lagged significantly behind their adult surgical compatriots. This article will look at the arguments for and against paediatric ERAS, discuss the multidisciplinary approach to a patient-centred model, review the progress that has been made to date, and conclude with future aspirations for ERAS to improve paediatric surgical care worldwide and potentially become a new standard of care for paediatric surgery.

Posted in: ATOTW > Basic Sciences 2020 Language: english

From the X-ray machine in the rural clinic to the brachytherapy suite in the specialist cancer centre, sources of ionising radiation are ever more ubiquitous. This article explores the basic science of ionising radiation, the risks it poses to the anaesthetists and other healthcare providers and emphasizes on how such risks can be ameliorated.

Posted in: Guidelines & Standards > Anaesthesia 2020 Language: english

These specifications list the minimum requirements for capnometry equipment for use in locations with limited resources and harsh environments to primarily identify oesophageal intubation in patients who are intubated and also to identify circuit disconnection and obstruction in all anaesthetised patients.

Posted in: ATOTW > Basic Sciences 2020 Language: english

This tutorial explores the basic science and physiology of the endogenous hormone vasopressin, and the uses of vasopressin and its synthetic analogues in modern medical practice.

Posted in: ATOTW > Paediatric Anaesthesia 2020 Language: english

O uso da cirurgia laparoscópica atualmente é o padrão de terapia para muitos procedimentos abdominais e pélvicos em crianças de todas as idades. Oferece vantagens em comparação a procedimentos abertos em pacientes adultos e pediátricos, incluindo tempos de internação mais curtos, custos mais baixos, menos infecções e complicações (1.2). Os procedimentos aos quais a laparascopia pode ser aplicada incluem várias indicações abdominais, pélvicas e urológicas, como mostrado na Tabela 1. O manejo perioperatório dessas cirurgias apresenta desafios únicos ao anestesista, e os pacientes pediátricos em particular exigem considerações especiais quando comparados a adultos. Isso exige uma compreensão abrangente da fisiologia pediátrica e das nuances do procedimento cirúrgico. Após concluir este tutorial, o aprendiz entenderá o escopo de cirurgias laparoscópicas pediátricas, as alterações fisiológicas associadas e o manejo anestésico de tais casos.

Posted in: ATOTW > Intensive Care Medicine 2020 Language: portuguese

A cocaína bloqueia a recaptação de catecolaminas e dopamina dentro da fenda sináptica, resultando em acúmulo e superestimulação do nervo pós-sináptico.¹ Também antagoniza os canais de sódio, resultando em condução nervosa prejudicada. Ela prolonga a despolarização e diminui a amplitude do potencial de ação dentro do miócito cardíaco, resultando em arritmias malignas.1,2 Tem ações tanto imunossupressoras quanto pró-inflamatórias, e é um agente pró-trombótico potente.

Posted in: ATOTW > Regional Anaesthesia 2020 Language: english

Introduced by Blanco et al, serratus plane block is a novel form of ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia which can achieve complete paraesthesia of the hemithorax. In this tutorial, we will provide an overview of the serratus plane block, considering the anatomy, indications, sonoanatomy and technique.

Posted in: All > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

The impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on postoperative recovery needs to be understood to inform clinical decision making during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This study reports 30-day mortality and pulmonary complication rates in patients with perioperative SARS-CoV-2 infection

COVID-19 will be around for the foreseeable future and infection rates may fluctuate as public health measures relax. A significant backlog of surgical work is being created in addition to those patients on waiting lists before the present crisis. Retaining an expanded workforce and resources to deal with all of these patients is essential, but illness, fatigue and social issues among healthcare workers all threaten the necessary increase in surgical activity that is needed. This document from the Royal College of Surgeons provides a list of principles, recommendations and key considerations in order to facilitate elective surgery. These can be used in combination with national, specialty and local trust recovery plans.

Preventing a Parallel Pandemic — A National Strategy to Protect Clinicians’ Well-Being

Posted in: ATOTW > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place unprecedented demands on healthcare systems across the globe our understanding of how best to care for these patients continues to evolve and presents many fresh challenges. Here we present a systems-based, practical guide for the management of COVID-19 patients in intensive care.

Posted in: ATOTW > Pain 2020 Language: english

This tutorial covers basic physiology and the principles of pain management including assessment, pharmacologic and regional analgesia techniques in elderly patients.

Posted in: Other > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

Pediatric anesthetists have an important role to play in the management of patients suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. In many institutions, the COVID-19 intubation teams are staffed with anesthetists as the proceduralists working throughout the hospitals also in the ICU and Emergency Departments. As practitioners who perform aerosol generating procedures involving the airway, we are at high risk of exposure to the virus SARS-CoV-2 and need to ensure we are well prepared and trained to manage such cases. This article reviews the relevant pediatric literature surrounding COVID-19 and summarizes the key recommendations for anesthetists involved in the care of children during this pandemic.

Posted in: Other > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

Word version of Covid-19 Surgical Patient Checklist for local adaptation

Posted in: Other > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Reusable Gowns

Posted in: Other > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Disposable Gowns

Posted in: Other > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

Donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Reusing Respirator and Eye Protection with Wrap-Around Gown

Posted in: ATOTW > Anaesthesia 2020 Language: english

Overview of traumatic rib fracture management including common mechanism of injury, associated complications and predictors of poorer outcomes. Appropriate work-up and clinical assessment including scoring systems used to guide ongoing management. Summary of key treatment modalities including pharmacological, non-pharmacologcial and regional anaesthetic techniques which may be appropriate.

Posted in: All > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

recipes for hand sanitizer

Posted in: All > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

Creative low-resource solutions to creating barriers to protect the anesthesia provider during intubation and extubation.

Posted in: All > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

Creative low-resource solutions to creating barriers to protect the anesthesia provider during intubation and extubation. Clear plastic barrier and Perspex box barriers, Harare Children’s Hospital, Zimbabwe

Posted in: All > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

ACLS Cardiac Arrest Algorithm for Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients

Posted in: All > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

Physician Well being in a time of COVID19

Posted in: All > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

Vital Anaesthesia Simulation Training (VAST) - COVID-19 Simulation Resources

Posted in: All > COVID-19 2020 Language: english

WFSA / Lifebox : COVID-19 Surgical Patient Checklist

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