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YES to N2O in anaesthetics

Giving nitrous oxide as part of general anaesthesia for noncardiac surgery doesn’t increase the rate of complications and death – and might even decrease the risk of such events, according

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There’s quality in transparency

The Ethical Standards in Health and Life Sciences Group (ESHLSG) has launched a consultation on establishing a public register of payments made to healthcare professionals  by commercial organisations. Healthcare professionals

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RCoA e-SAFE DVD

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) hosted the e-SAFE: Safer Anaesthesia from Education event on April 29, launching their e-SAFE DVD, and highlighted how the anaesthetic community are working together

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Shorter ‘shelf life’ for blood

Red blood cells stored longer than three weeks begin to lose the capacity to deliver oxygen-rich cells where they may be most needed, says a small study from Johns Hopkins.

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Treating anaemia seriously

A paper published online in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia says that hospitals that treat patients with anaemia have better outcomes, including fewer blood transfusions and infections and shorter hospital

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Patient consent for blood transfusion

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has published online the guidelines from the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) about patient consent regarding blood transfusions. An

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Better a needle in the back

Nuraxial anaesthesia (spinal or epidural anaesthesia) is a highly underutilised technique, but one which improves outcomes in patients undergoing hip or knee replacement, according to a new study by researchers

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Operation anxiety under (remote) control

Patients at Peterborough City Hospital are being offered local anaesthesia and a film to watch in the OR during surgery, rather than undergoing general anaesthesia.Some elderly patients shy away from

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Asking anaesthetists: The outcome

Medical device companies have helped with the safe practice of anaesthesia for many years. That is achieved through trial and error, and healthy competition to create the best technologies. Now,