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K B Greenland, M G Irwin
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March 13, 2018: Anaesthesia
W J Fawcett, C N Jones
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March 13, 2018: Anaesthesia
L V Duggan, S L Lockhart, T M Cook, E P O'Sullivan, T Dare, P A Baker
In this exploratory study we describe the utility of smartphone technology for anonymous retrospective observational data collection of emergency front-of-neck airway management. The medical community continues to debate the optimal technique for emergency front-of-neck airway management. Although individual clinicians infrequently perform this procedure, hundreds are performed annually worldwide. Ubiquitous smartphone technology and internet connectivity have created the opportunity to collect these data. We created the 'Airway App', a smartphone application to capture the experiences of healthcare providers involved in emergency front-of-neck airway procedures...
March 13, 2018: Anaesthesia
D A Milder, T Y Milder, P C A Kam
Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are an emerging class of oral hypoglycaemic agents with therapeutic benefits beyond better glycaemic control. A major concern of the sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors is their propensity to cause euglycaemic ketoacidosis in the peri-operative period and the potential for this critical diagnosis to be delayed or missed entirely. This review attempts to collate the case reports of sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor ketoacidosis associated with surgery to highlight and put a perspective on this peri-operative issue...
March 12, 2018: Anaesthesia
K Karkouti, P Yip, C Chan, L Chawla, V Rao
Acute kidney after cardiac surgery is more common in anaemic patients, whereas haemolysis during cardiopulmonary bypass may lead to iron-induced renal injury. Hepcidin promotes iron sequestration by macrophages: hepcidin concentration is reduced by anaemia and increased by inflammation. We analysed the associations in 525 patients between pre-operative anaemia (haemoglobin < 130 g.l-1 in men and < 120 g.l-1 in women), intra-operative hepcidin concentration and acute kidney injury (dialysis or > 26...
March 12, 2018: Anaesthesia
H R Touw, K L Parlevliet, M Beerepoot, P Schober, A Vonk, J W Twisk, P W Elbers, C Boer, P R Tuinman
Postoperative pulmonary complications are common after cardiothoracic surgery and are associated with adverse outcomes. The ability to detect postoperative pulmonary complications using chest X-rays is limited, and this technique requires radiation exposure. Little is known about the diagnostic accuracy of lung ultrasound for the detection of postoperative pulmonary complications after cardiothoracic surgery, and we therefore aimed to compare lung ultrasound with chest X-ray to detect postoperative pulmonary complications in this group of patients...
March 12, 2018: Anaesthesia
M Crowther, K van der Spuy, F Roodt, M B Nejthardt, J G Davids, J Roos, E Cloete, T Pretorius, G L Davies, J G van der Walt, C van der Westhuizen, M Flint, J L C Swanevelder, B M Biccard
Hypertension is not consistently associated with postoperative cardiovascular morbidity and is therefore not considered a major peri-operative risk factor. However, hypertension may predispose to peri-operative haemodynamic changes known to be associated with peri-operative morbidity and mortality, such as intra-operative hypotension and tachycardia. The objective of this study was to determine whether pre-operative hypertension was independently associated with haemodynamic changes known to be associated with adverse peri-operative outcomes...
March 12, 2018: Anaesthesia
B Cowie, L Baker, B Shoghi, M Worner, D Scott
Electrocardiogram (ECG) false alarms are common in electrically-hostile peri-operative environments. Newer integrated monitoring, with sophisticated hardware and software, has the potential to minimise artefacts. However, monitoring issues continue to occur, with the potential for critical incidents and unnecessary and harmful interventions. We describe the root cause analysis of a series of apparent ECG flatline asystolic events that appeared in the operating room shortly after the introduction of new intra-operative monitoring systems...
March 9, 2018: Anaesthesia
M Mohta, S Duggal, G T Chilkoti
Treatment of post-spinal hypotension during caesarean section assumes special concern in pre-eclamptic patients due to a compromised fetoplacental circulation and increased risk of placental hypoperfusion. Phenylephrine and ephedrine are the most commonly used vasopressors, although the best choice is still not clear. We studied 80 pre-eclamptic women with a singleton pregnancy who underwent caesarean section with spinal anaesthesia, and who developed hypotension defined as a decrease in systolic arterial pressure ≥ 20% from baseline or absolute value < 100 mmHg...
March 9, 2018: Anaesthesia
S M White, F Altermatt, J Barry, B Ben-David, M Coburn, F Coluzzi, M Degoli, D Dillane, N B Foss, A Gelmanas, R Griffiths, G Karpetas, J-H Kim, M Kluger, P-W Lau, I Matot, M McBrien, S McManus, L F Montoya-Pelaez, I K Moppett, M Parker, O Porrill, R D Sanders, C Shelton, F Sieber, A Trikha, X Xuebing
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March 6, 2018: Anaesthesia
S Morgenroth, J Thomas, V Cannizzaro, M Weiss, A R Schmidt
Spirometric monitoring provides precise measurement and delivery of tidal volumes within a narrow range, which is essential for lung-protective strategies that aim to reduce morbidity and mortality in mechanically-ventilated patients. Conventional anaesthesia ventilators include inbuilt spirometry to monitor inspiratory and expiratory tidal volumes. The GE Aisys CS2 anaesthesia ventilator allows additional near-patient spirometry via a sensor interposed between the proximal end of the tracheal tube and the respiratory tubing...
March 1, 2018: Anaesthesia
F Kork, C Spies, T Conrad, B Weiss, T Roenneberg, K-D Wernecke, F Balzer
Studies that have investigated circadian, weekday and seasonal variation in postoperative mortality have been relatively small or have been for scheduled surgery. We retrospectively tested a large mixed surgical cohort from a German tertiary care university hospital for the presence of cyclical variation in all-cause in-hospital mortality after operations performed between 2006 and 2013. We analysed mortality rates after 247,475 operations, adjusted for age, sex, comorbidities, location, urgency and duration of the surgery, and intra-operative blood transfusions...
February 23, 2018: Anaesthesia
L C Bratzke, R L Koscik, K J Schenning, L R Clark, M A Sager, S C Johnson, B P Hermann, K J Hogan
Surgery and anaesthesia might affect cognition in middle-aged people without existing cognitive dysfunction. We measured memory and executive function in 964 participants, mean age 54 years, and again four years later, by when 312 participants had had surgery and 652 participants had not. Surgery between tests was associated with a decline in immediate memory by one point (out of a maximum of 30), p = 0.013: memory became abnormal in 77 out of 670 participants with initially normal memory, 21 out of 114 (18%) of whom had had surgery compared with 56 out of 556 (10%) of those who had not, p = 0...
February 21, 2018: Anaesthesia
A Ní Eochagáin, D Burns, B Riedel, D I Sessler, D J Buggy
Inflammation and immunosuppression contribute to the pathogenesis of cancer. An increased neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio reflects these processes and is associated with adverse cancer outcomes. Whether anaesthetic technique for breast cancer surgery influences these factors, and potentially cancer recurrence, remains unknown. We conducted a secondary analysis in patients enrolled in an ongoing trial of anaesthetic technique on breast cancer recurrence. The primary hypothesis was that postoperative neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio is lower in patients allocated to receive propofol-paravertebral rather than inhalational agent-opioid anaesthesia for primary breast cancer surgery...
February 19, 2018: Anaesthesia
B M Biccard, L Green-Thompson
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February 7, 2018: Anaesthesia
A Hewitt-Smith, F Bulamba, S Ttendo, K Pappenheim, I A Walker, A F Smith
The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and the then Uganda Society of Anaesthesia established the Uganda Fellowship Scheme in 2006, to provide scholarships to encourage doctors to train in anaesthesia in Uganda. We conducted an evaluation of this programme using online questionnaires and face-to-face semi-structured interviews with trainees who received scholarships, as well as with senior surgeons and anaesthetists. Focus group discussions were held to assess changes in attitudes towards anaesthesia over the last 10 years...
February 7, 2018: Anaesthesia
T Ponnusamy, P Kundra, P Rudingwa, S Gopalakrishnan
Semi-rigid flexible introducer-guided tracheal intubation is associated with pharyngolaryngeal morbidities. We compared the practice of railroading a newly described modified reinforced silicone tracheal tube with a built-in guide channel in its wall over a non-kinking guidewire with railroading the same tube over a disposable bougie, with respect to pharyngolaryngeal morbidities. One hundred and twenty-four ASA 1 and 2 adults were randomly assigned to undergo bougie-guided (n = 62) or wire-guided (n = 62) intubation under general anaesthesia...
February 7, 2018: Anaesthesia
S Grassin-Delyle, O M Theusinger, R Albrecht, S Mueller, D R Spahn, S Urien, P Stein
Tranexamic acid is used both pre-hospital and in-hospital as an antifibrinolytic drug to treat or prevent hyperfibrinolysis in trauma patients; dosing, however, remains empirical. We aimed to measure plasma levels of tranexamic acid in patients receiving pre-hospital anti-hyperfibrinolytic therapy and to build a population pharmacokinetic model to propose an optimised dosing regimen. Seventy-three trauma patients were enrolled and each received tranexamic acid 1 g intravenously pre-hospital. A blood sample was drawn after arrival in the emergency department, and we measured the plasma tranexamic acid concentration using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, and modelled the data using non-linear mixed effect modelling...
February 7, 2018: Anaesthesia
T T Liu, L Li, L Wan, C H Zhang, W L Yao
Double-lumen intubation is more difficult than single-lumen tracheal intubation. Videolaryngoscopes have many advantages in airway management. However, the advantages of videolaryngoscopy for intubation with a double-lumen tube remain controversial compared with traditional Macintosh laryngoscopy. In this study, we searched MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Library and the Web of Science for randomised controlled trials comparing videolaryngoscopy with Macintosh laryngoscopy for double-lumen tube intubation. We found that videolaryngoscopy provided a higher success rate at first attempt for double-lumen tube intubation, with an odds ratio (95%CI) of 2...
February 6, 2018: Anaesthesia
F H M Engbers, A Dahan
Although target-controlled infusion has been in use for more than two decades, its benefits are being obscured by anomalies in clinical practice caused by a number of important problems. These include: a variety of pharmacokinetic models available in open target-controlled infusion systems, which often confuse the user; the extrapolation of anthropomorphic data which provokes anomalous adjustments of dosing by such systems; and the uncertainty of regulatory requirements for the application of target-controlled infusion which causes uncontrolled exploitation of drugs and pharmacokinetic models in target-controlled infusion devices...
January 31, 2018: Anaesthesia
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