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 many subspecialties of anaesthesia, from obstetrics to dental anaesthesia.

Chapters free until January 1st 2021

Organizing Your Environment
from Global Anaesthesia


In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), equipment for the provision and monitoring of anaesthesia may be unavailable or scarce. Read this chapter on how you should organise your environment where resources are limited.

from Emergencies in Anaesthesia (3 ed.)


Anaesthesia can prove complicated in emergency situations relating to pregnancy and birth. This chapter from the new edition of Emergencies in Anaesthesia demonstrates how you can manage common obstetric emergencies.


Dental and oral surgery
from Paediatric Anaesthesia (2 ed.)


28% of 5-year-olds have signs of dental disease with three or four teeth affected. How should a preoperative assessment look for paediatric dental surgery, and what should the approach be in anaesthetic technique? Find out here.



Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB) Surgery
from Cardiac Anesthesia: A Problem-Based Learning Approach


A 76-year-old male presents to the hospital with worsening chest pain and dyspnea with exertion, and is eventually scheduled for off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) surgery. Read a case on this surgery and what is important for anaesthetists to know.

Hazards in anaesthetic practice: general considerations, injury, and drugs.
from Oxford Textbook of Anaesthesia 


Although the practice of anaesthesia has come a long way, and is much safer than when it was first used in surgery, it remains intrinsically hazardous. Discover the main reasons why things can go wrong in this chapter.

Long-Term Cognitive Impairment After Critical Illness
from 50 Studies Every Anesthesiologist Should Know


What is the prevalence of long-term cognitive impairment after critical illness, and does the duration of delirium and use of sedative or analgesic medications affect cognitive outcomes? Explore a study you need to know here.

Statistics, Ethics, and Management
from Anesthesiology Critical Care Board Review


Test yourself on areas of anesthesiology in critical care in this question and answer format.

Assessing and preparing patients with medical conditions for major surgery
from Oxford Textbook of Medicine (6 ed.)


Preoperative assessments are highly important to prepare patients for surgery. Ideally, the anaesthetic assessment will be performed days or weeks in advance of surgery to allow time for planning of perioperative care. Read more about these assessments in a free chapter from the latest edition of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.


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