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Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment (4th Edition)

Tweet This issue’s review was kindly written by Dr Dina Hadi, CT1 anaesthetics, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent. The long-awaited fourth edition of this popular book has now finally arrived.


Numbing depression

Although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has long been considered the most effective treatment of medication-resistant or refractory depression, millions of people who might benefit don’t take advantage of it because of


Opioid dependence impacts chronic pain

The bodies of mammals, including humans, respond to injury by releasing endogenous opioids, mitigating acute pain. A team of researchers has found a surprisingly long-lasting opioid mechanism of natural chronic


Fluid epidurals for lower-back pain

New research suggests that it may not be the steroids in spinal shots that provide relief from lower-back pain, but the mere introduction of any of a number of fluids,


TAP into new post-op recovery techniques

Using a transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block as part of patients’ surgical care may speed up recovery and reduce hospital stays. Surgeons at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in


Live GABA neurons kill pain

A major part of the answer to the problem of neuropathic pain, scientists believe, is found in spinal nerve cells that release GABA. If GABA neurons could be kept alive


Four-part programme helps patients stop smoking before surgery

A simple four-part programme, including referral to a quit-smoking hotline and a free supply of nicotine patches, can increase the percentage of patients who quit smoking before undergoing surgery, reports


Aromatherapy and IV administration of simple sugars can fight post-op nausea

Two simple, non-drug treatments – aromatherapy and intravenous administration of a simple sugar solution – may be effective new approaches to relieving nausea and vomiting after surgery, report a pair


Forced-air patient-warming may hinder ventilation

Forced-air systems used to keep patients warm during surgery may affect the performance of operating room (OR) ventilation systems, potentially increasing exposure to airborne contaminants, reports a study by Dr