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Key Meeting on Anaesthesia

Key Meeting on Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine

Better safety, comfort and outcomes of anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine … developments that have the potential to positively affect our lives … human stories, better techniques, new puzzles that need answers, including errors and how to avoid them.

This broad canvass of information and explanation unfolds in Auckland next month at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. (Eds.: 7 May - 11 May)

A taste of the stories to be heard at the ASM …

Neurocritical care for brain injuries is "not just a label" - it can save many thousands of lives, provide a better quality recovery for patients, at less cost. Specialised centres are already doing this in some countries. A leading British researcher reports.

A passion for continually improving the comfort of women in labour - despite obstetric anaesthesia often being inhibited by "dogma and tradition".

Anaesthetised children may experience a different kind of awareness than adults. A leading anaesthetist says a lot more research is needed.

Women are wider awake than the blokes - findings that suggest females may be less sensitive to the hypnotic effects of anaesthetic drugs. Important research about gender and recovery is to follow.

Delivering anaesthesia is a tall order in Nepal - a tiny, beautiful, mountainous kingdom wracked by poverty, political crisis and a local insurgency. One man has accepted the tall order, and delivers.

Drug errors and their causes come under various headings, and there is an over-view of just what constitutes an error.

The role of music in pain monitoring, and the use of hypnosis in labour are explained.

Hip replacements on an overnight basis are now being delivered, and one hospital reports its success with 120 such operations.

And "burn-out" in anaesthetists, a low incidence of substance abuse, and how the specialty provides support for fellow anaesthetists spelled out in a "welfare" package that includes a live re-enactment of a drug-related event.

WHO: The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
WHAT: Annual Scientific Meeting
WHERE: Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
WHEN: Saturday 7 May - Wednesday 11 May


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