Anaesthesiology from Oxford Medicine

The first public demonstration of general anaesthesia took place in 1846. Over 170 years later, the majority of the estimated 234 million annual surgical procedures worldwide are performed under general anaesthesia.

The role of the anaesthetist is to adapt their technique in light of pre-existing diseases, reassure the patient that their condition will not be affected, and to provide safe and secure postoperative care. Our content collection aims to walk you through anaesthesia from the preoperative stage to organ donation, with a particular focus on neuroanaesthesia. 

Chapters free until February 1st 2020

Preoperative assessment
from Paediatric Anaesthesia


Read this chapter outlining important factors to remember during a preoperative assessment that are key to using anaesthesia successfully. 

Urgent Sedation (Unscheduled Procedural Sedation) in the Emergency Department
from The Pediatric Procedural Sedation Handbook


The emergency department (ED) exists to facilitate acute, unscheduled care for patients with urgent/emergent needs related to injury and illness.


Find out more about successful sedation in ED here


The Patient for Epilepsy Surgery
from Neuroanesthesia: A Problem-Based Learning Approach


How would you prepare a patient with epilepsy for an intraoperative electrocorticography (ECoG) whereby the patient must be awake?


Find out here today. 

Anaesthesia for Complex Spine Surgeries
from Oxford Textbook of Neuroscience and Anaesthesiology


This chapter presents recent evidence-based advances in the peri-operative anaesthetic management for complex spine surgeries.

Central nervous system pathologies and anaesthesia
from Oxford Textbook of Anaesthesia 


While any patient presenting for anaesthesia requires a thorough evaluation and assessment, those with neurological disease present the greatest challenge.


Discover the effects of anaesthesia on neurological diseases with this chapter

Moyamoya Disease
from Pediatric Anesthesia: A Problem-Based Learning Approach


Find out the surgical and nonsurgical management options for Moyamoya and the role of an anaesthetist with this chapter.

Anaphylaxis in the OR—Causes, Recognition, and Treatment
from Anesthesiology: A Problem-Based Learning Approach


Anaphylaxis is defined as a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. 


Discover treatment, prevention, and common causes with this chapter.

The Dreaded Bring Backs: A Problem-Based Approach
from Cardiac Anesthesia: A Problem-Based Learning Approach


Take-backs can be hemodynamically challenging. For optimal outcomes, management must be carefully coordinated between the anaesthesiologists, intensivists, and cardiac surgeon teams. 


Read a case study and the key questions here.  

Organ Donation after Cardiac Death in the Pediatric Patient
from Clinical Pediatric Anesthesia: A Case-Based Handbook


In this chapter the role of the anaesthesiologist in donation after cardiac death (DCD) is discussed, as well as the various ethical controversies associated with donation. 


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