Patrick Ward takes a light-hearted approach to emphasise an anaesthetist’s commitment to cleanliness
To: All anaesthetists, ODAs, ODPs, PAs, theatre and ICU staff with a commitment to cleanliness
When: Every time central venous, large-bore peripheral venous and arterial access is undertaken
Where: Anaesthetic room, operating theatre, emergency department and ICU
Dresscode: Theatre scrubs +/- gloves/gown/mask/hat
Drink: BYOB (of chlorhexidine)
RSVP: By letter to the editor, Journal of Anaesthesia Practice firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many traits that distinguish anaesthetists from surgeons, medics and emergency doctors, but none more apparent than our meticulous approach towards the art of vascular access – the distinct absence of a blood bath in the aftermath of central venous and arterial cannulation unmistakably separates us from the rest.
Much of this procedural finesse comes with practice and technique, but it can also be attributed to our…
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