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What are the lessons to be learnt from the “Morecambe Bay Scandal”

James Watts, consultant in anaesthesia and critical care, looks at the important lessons to be learned following recent events that occurred at Morecambe Bay Trust Obstetric Unit   The recently

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What are the lessons from the Gosport report?

James Watts, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Critical Care, looks at the recently published report into the events that occurred at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. The recently published report into the events that occurred

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A case of adrenal pheochromocytoma

Anaesthetist Julieta Cervellera Agrelo presents a rare case of adrenal pheochromocytoma in a 53-year-old patient, discovered in a routine test for irritable bowel   Abstract Pheochromocytomas are rare tumours originating

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Guiding paediatric vascular access

NICE guidelines for ultrasound-guided placement of central venous lines in adults and children were first issued in the UK in October 2002. Dr James Bennett, Consultant Anaesthetist at Birmingham Children’s

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Good ol’ Metronidazole … friend or foe ?

Metronidazole is a Nitroimidazole derivative that has been used as an antibacterial and antiprotozoal agent for more than 45 years. It was originally indicated for the management of infection caused

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Hypothermia in uremic syndrome

K Katyayani and R Kapoor present a case study of severe hypothermia, complicated by cardiac arrest secondary to accumulation of uremic toxins in a patient with known stage four kidney disease

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Tramadol at a glance

Tramadol was launched in Germany for the first time in 1977. Currently it is used as an analgesic worldwide. It is synthetic opioid of benzemoid class (due to benzene ring

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Partnerships for progress in Somaliland

Safe Anaesthesia for Somaliland (SANSOM) drew together partners from across four continents to help Somalilanders improve their anaesthesia services. The global health community is slowly waking up to the huge

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Errors in clinical measurement: What and why?

Mohamed Mahmoud and Oliver Pratt highlight the most common clinical measurement errors encountered in daily practice and advise as to how they may be avoided   Abstract The recording of accurate

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Passing the Primary FRCA: A strategy for success from a trainee that learned the hard way

Alexander Jones of the Royal Unites Hospitals, Bath, looks at resources available and outlines a strategy for success that trainees can utilise when undertaking the Primary FRCA   Introduction The Primary