Monday, 23 May, 2022


Flawed WHO advice may be putting surgery patients at risk

Patients may have been placed at risk of serious harm because of flawed advice to administer highly concentrated oxygen after surgery, leading anaesthetists have...

DPO readings not affected by nail polish or acrylic nails

Research at this year's Euroanaesthesia Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, suggests that nail treatments such as acrylic nails or nail polishes do not, as previously...

Antibiotics the main cause of anaphylaxis during surgery

Antibiotics are the main cause of life-threatening allergic reactions during surgery, according to a Royal College of Anaesthetistsreport. More patients are claiming to be...

No evidence that anaesthesia before 3-years impacts on child's IQ

A Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that children given anaesthesia before their third birthdays have lower IQs than those who did not have...

Alleviating migraine pain in hard-to-treat patients

Ketamine, a medication commonly used for pain relief and increasingly for depression, may help alleviate migraine pain in patients who have not been helped...

Benefits of sedatives before surgery questioned

A randomised trial finds that among patients undergoing elective surgery under general anaesthesia, receiving the sedative lorazepam before surgery did not improve the self-reported patient experience the day after surgery, but was associated with longer time before extubation and a lower rate of cognitive recovery.

Limitations to 'kiddie caudal' study

An editorial in Anaesthesia & Analgesia draws attention to some important limitations of recent reassuring data on the safety of caudal nerve block – sometimes called the 'kiddie caudal' – for infants and young children undergoing surgery.