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Exploring anaesthetists’ work as part of a sociotechnical system: A human factors perspective

Exploring anaesthetists’ work as part of a sociotechnical system:  A human factors perspective Provided on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) from Dominic Furniss, Erik

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Diamedica: innovating equipment for challenging environments

Diamedica: innovating equipment for challenging environments Imagine trying to provide anaesthesia in an impoverished operating theatre with frequent power cuts, unreliable oxygen and few trained staff. This an everyday challenge

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Anaesthetist workforce shortfall creating ‘perfect storm’ for patient care

Anaesthetist workforce shortfall creating ‘perfect storm’ for patient care Consultant numbers in anaesthesia are not increasing sufficiently to address demand, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) has warned. The RCoA’s

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Single exposure to general anaesthesia before age three does not cause cognitive deficits

Single exposure to general anaesthesia before age three does not cause cognitive deficits A single exposure to general anaesthesia poses no cognitive risk to healthy children under age three, a

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High-flow nasal cannula – a versatile device

High-flow nasal cannula – a versatile device Sanjay Agrawal, Baha Al-Shaikh and Joep Vroemen give a brief review of the high-flow nasal cannula and its use in a patient with

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Many patients continue using opioids months after joint replacement

Many patients continue using opioids months after joint replacement Many patients undergoing hip or knee replacement are still taking prescription opioids up to six months after surgery, reports a study

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Opiate-free anaesthesia linked to fewer painkillers later

Opiate-free anaesthesia linked to fewer painkillers later Patients undergoing breast cancer surgery need less painkilling medication post-surgery if they have anaesthesia that is opiate-free, according to a Belgian study. Researchers

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Unexpectedly feeling blue: unforeseen desaturation during anaesthesia

Unexpectedly feeling blue: unforeseen desaturation during anaesthesia James Watts and T Aji-Mathew highlight drawbacks associated with the use of chemical dyes during anaesthesia Dyes are commonly used as adjuncts during

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Anaesthesia recommendations for patients suffering from central core disease

Anaesthesia recommendations for patients suffering from  central core disease Guidelines from OrphanAnesthesia, a project of the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, who prepare and publish concise recommendations for

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Beyond equipment: The value of training and service to support anaesthesia provision in the developing world

Beyond equipment: The value of training and service to support anaesthesia provision in the developing world Gradian Health Systems illustrate their approach to strengthening surgery through a global network of