By: 16 July 2015
Acronyms again with Sher Mohammad

Acronyms again with Sher Mohammad

Sher Mohammad and colleagues share tips for avoiding some of the pitfalls of anaesthesia and peri-operative care

In the February 2013 issue of Journal of Anaesthesia Practice, some of our unique educational abbreviations and mnemonics were published. We have since created more acronyms relating to complications of anaesthesia and peri-operative care that we hope will benefit the profession.
Sadly, complications do happen on occasion, even in the best hands, and as anaesthetists we could find ourselves in front of the judge in a court of law if something goes wrong. A system that will enable us to remember a logical approach to a problem in a time of crisis will always be helpful. At the time of going to press, we are about to publish The STH-KTH Nexus Handbook on acronyms. The following memorising aids are taken from that booklet.

Factors causing aspiration pneumonitis
Aspiration pneumonitis was first recognised as a cause of anaesthetic-related death in 1848 by James Simpson [1]. In 1946, Mendelson described aspiration pneumonitis in obstetric patients [2]. Today it remains a rare but potentially devastating complication of general anaesthesia. Aspiration pneumonitis is quoted as occurring…

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