2012 News archive

Managing critically ill children in pandemics and infection 'surges' (15 December 2012)

Joint Briefing from the Intensive Care Society, Paediatric Intensive Care Society, Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, & the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

There is currently a national shortage of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) beds with all 29 units in the UK running close to capacity in recent weeks. This has arisen because of a surge in seasonal respiratory illness, particularly RSV, on the background of increasing demand on PIC beds with longer PICU stays for patients with chronic co-morbid conditions, increasing numbers of children requiring medium and long-term ventilation and a shortage of ‘high dependency care’ resources in many centres.  Find out more »

WSM London 2013 – Now has European Accreditation (12 December 2012)
WSM London 2013 has been recognised for CPD by the EACCME.  If you have any colleagues working in the Euro zone, please let them know they can now get European CPD at our meeting.  Find out more »
Safe Handling of Oxygen Cylinders (29 November 2012)

Oxygen CylindersThe AAGBI Safety Committee has issued new guidance on the safe handling of oxygen cylinders following a fire in a hospital ITU. Read the guidance »

Read the correspondence in this month’s Anaesthesia that prompted the new guidance. Read »

NICE recommends depth of anaesthesia monitors (26 November 2012)

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) has published a statement welcoming the recent guidance from NICE that depth of anaesthesia (DOA) monitors should be considered in certain situations. The AAGBI support this statement. DOA monitors have been available for some time and the NICE guidance may not substantially change clinical practice as DOA monitoring is already considered a useful tool in many clinical anaesthetic scenarios. Find out more »

View the NICE guidance »

CPD in the context of Revalidation: AAGBI position statement 2012 (15 November 2012)
The AAGBI is committed to the continuous improvement of patient care, to the ever-safer delivery of anaesthesia, critical care and pain therapy, and to the principle of lifelong learning through which individuals update, develop and enhance their clinical practice.


The purpose of the position statement is:

  • To explain the AAGBI’s stance to internal and external stakeholders
  • To guide future actions and resource commitments by the AAGBI
  • To set out the AAGBI’s strategic direction in its service development

Download the full statement »

Obstetric Anaesthesia Services 2012 draft guideline: we invite comments from members over the next three weeks (7 November 2012)

A new guideline on obstetric anaesthesia services is in its final draft stage and we invite comments from members over the next two weeks. We would be most grateful if members would read the draft and submit any comments they might have to honsecretary@aagbi.org

All comments submitted will be considered before final version is brought before Council for approval. The closing date for comment submission is Wednesday 28 November 2012. Download the guideline »

Pain Less: the future of pain relief – new exhibition at Science Museum, London (2 November 2012)

Pain LessThe Science Museum opens a new, free exhibition, Pain Less, on Thursday 8th November that explores the future of pain relief and the different ways that pain management is being developed.

Pain relief is a huge area of research and scientists are constantly looking at new ways of how we can manage our pain. Scientists now have new understanding of the link between the brain and the body and are investigating how this can help us to overcome pain in future. Would a pain-free world be a good thing? Or not?

Through four main research areas into pain and consciousness, Pain Less looks at the personal stories that highlight these different areas. From Steven Pete, the man who feels no pain, to Peter King – the phantom limb patient who is in constant pain, except when he  exercises his missing arm in virtual reality, or Carol Praetorius who appeared to feel pain while sedated but had no memory of it afterwards, to Melvin Mezue, who volunteers as a subject of pain research.

Pain Less asks whether this new research into how we perceive pain could also help reduce pain, as well as the number of painkillers we’re popping – since according to a market research survey by SymphonyIRI Group, a little under 6 billion painkillers were sold to us Brits in the UK last year.

The AAGBI is a major funder of the exhibition.

Find out more >

New publication from NCEPOD (1 November 2012)

Childrens surgery - a national survey of consultant clinical practice

The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) hosted an online survey to gather data on current clinical practice of UK consultant surgeons and anaesthetists caring for children. The information that has been gathered will  inform the needs for training, commissioning and management of children’s surgery in the UK.

Find out more >

Workforce Planning in 2012 (26 October 2012)

A joint survey by AAGBI’s Group of Anaesthetists in Training (GAT) and the Royal College of Anaesthetists Trainee Committee

Workforce Planning SurveyThis survey is being conducted to gauge opinion within the profession relating to the “Shape of the Medical Workforce” document produced in February 2012 by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI). We are surveying all registered trainees and those within 5 years of gaining their CCT as the changes primarily affect these groups.

If you are a current trainee or a consultant with less than five years standing we need to hear your views as, if introduced, these changes could have a dramatic impact on the your future career.

Complete the survey > (the closing date is 16 November 2012)

Response to Competition Commission (CC) invitation to comment on OFT surveys (10 October 2012)

The AAGBI has responded to the Competition Commission’s request for comments by interested parties. Consultant Anaesthetists have been specifically mentioned in the OFT report and in the CC Issues statement, particularly regarding the function of Anaesthetic Groups in the marketplace.

Read the AAGBI’s comment to the CC >

Annual reports and audited financial statements ready to view (3 October 2012)

A Year in Review 2011-2012Members can now view the AAGBI report of the Directors and audited financial statements 2011-2012 and the AAGBI Foundation report of the Trustees and financial statements 2011-2012.

You can also catch up on a very busy year at the AAGBI by reading A Year in Review 2011-2012. This document highlights many of our achievements from the last year.

Find out more  »

Statement on assistance for the anaesthetist (25 September 2012)

Supplementary to the AAGBI publication, The Anaesthesia Team 3 (May 2010), the AAGBI provides the following statement on trained assistance for the anaesthetist:

The Anaesthetic Assistant role should be undertaken by a registered practitioner who has achieved either those competencies specified in the curriculum of the College of Operating Department Practitioners or those specified in the NHS Education for Scotland Core Competences for Anaesthetic Assistant document.

Individuals currently working as anaesthetic assistants may not have evidence of achievement of these competences. The AAGBI believes that such individuals, assisted by their employers, should use their personal development plans to allow them to provide appropriate evidence of achievement of those competencies relevant to their practice.

New President and Council Members (21 September 2012)

The AAGBI would like to welcome three new Council Members that took up their post at this week’s AAGBI Annual Congress in Bournemouth.

  • Dr Matthew Checketts (Dundee)
  • Dr Rachel Collis (Cardiff)
  • Dr Roshan Fernando (London)

William Harrop-Griffiths and Iain WilsonDr Iain Wilson handed over the Presidency to Dr William Harrop-Griffiths. In his first speech as President last night, Dr Harrop-Griffiths said: “Our members and their patients are at the very heart of what we do. We are primarily a membership organisation, and we must be aware that if we are to continue to put significant resources into safety, education and research, we need to make our activity relevant to our members and the patients they care for".

First UK Audit shows mortality rate from emergency laparotomy surgery varies 12-fold across UK hospitals (21 September 2012)

A session at this week’s Annual Congress of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) will discuss data from the UK’s first national audit into emergency laparotomy surgery. The data show a startling 12-fold variation in the mortality rate from emergency laparotomy surgery between the best and the worst hospitals across the UK.

“These data are shocking and may reflect the wide variation in provision of care across UK hospitals in terms of provision of essential facilities and the presence of consultant anaesthetists and surgeons that should be present to conduct these operations,” says Professor Mike Grocott, University of Southampton, UK, who is co-leading a new National Audit project with Dr Dave Murray, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK. Professor Grocott will present the data at the AAGBI meeting.

Read more »

Olympics doctor recognised with award from AAGBI (20 September 2012)

Ziderman receiving honorary membershipThe Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) has today (Thursday , September 20) awarded an Honorary Membership to the Clinical Lead for Emergency Medical Services of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Dr David Zideman, to reflect his highly distinguished career in the fields of anaesthesiology and emergency care.

AAGBI Honorary Secretary Dr Andrew Hartle said: “This award is one of the AAGBI’s highest honours and recognises David Zideman’s substantial contributions to anaesthesia, emergency care, resuscitation and the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has played and continues to play an important part in UK medicine and is a worthy recipient of this honour”.

Read more »

Continuing professional development: the regulator’s view (17 September 2012)

Richard Marchant, Assistant Director, Regulation Policy at the GMC presented to our Education Committee on Continuing Professional Development: the regulator’s view.

Our members may find his presentation of interest. View the presentation »

Safer Surgery Week 24-30 September 2012 (10 September 2012)

Safer Surgery Week

Patient Safety First and the Clinical Board for Surgical Safety are hosting Safer Surgery Week, beginning on 24 September.

All Trusts in England are using the Surgical Safety Checklist in order to provide safer surgical care. This is a great achievement, however, more still needs to be done to eradicate perioperative Never Events, and to achieve both cultural change and effective implementation of the Five Steps to Safer Surgery.

During Safer Surgery Week a number of simple local activities will take place which are designed to help improve the quality and reliability of local implementation of the Five Steps to Safer Surgery.

There will also be series of online webinars, covering a range of topics around surgical safety from speakers including:

  • Dr J-P van Besouw, President, Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Prof. Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director
  • Dr Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety, NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority
  • Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer of England
  • Professor Norman Williams, President, Royal College of Surgeons
  • Dr William Harrop-Griffiths, President, The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Charles Vincent, Professor of Clinical Safety Research, Imperial College London.

To find out more about Safer Surgery week, register for any of the webinar sessions or download the one page guides on the Safer Surgery Week activities please visit the Safer Surgery Week web page.

 Bournemouth, Lifebox or Bust (17 August 2012)

Bournemouth lifebox or bustThe incoming President, Dr William Harrop-Grififiths and Honorary Secretary, Dr Richard Griffiths are cycling to Bournemouth for the AAGBI Annual Congress in September to raise money for Lifebox, the charity that aims to save lives by putting a pulse oximeter in every one of the 77,000 operating theatres in the world.

Thanks to your generosity, they have already raised over £2,000!

Find out more about getting involved or sponsoring their challenge »

Bupa survey - Reimbursement for spinal injections (15 August 2012)

The AAGBI, the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the British Pain Society have successfully negotiated with Bupa, who now accept that those holding the FFPMRCA or FFPMCAI should receive reimbursement from Bupa for carrying out spinal injections on Bupa members.

Bupa has asked us to ask those of our members who wish to treat Bupa-insured patients with injections to complete an online survey by 5 September 2012.
Please complete the online questionnaire »

AAGBI's Dr Andrew Hartle: Olympic Games opening ceremony has given closure on the 7/7 tube and bus bombings (6 August 2012)

AAGBI’s Honorary Secretary, Dr Andrew Hartle who treated victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks said volunteering at the Olympics had given him closure on the tragic event seven years later.

Dr Hartle, an intensive care consultant from St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, was on duty the day after London won the bid for the Games in 2005.

"For most of the last 7 years, those two events, the awarding of the Games and the 7 July bombings have been inextricably linked for me".

He had a chance meeting with Lord Coe on the Tube last week and thanked him for the success of the Games.

Speaking at Olympic Park on Monday, the London 2012 chairman said: "It was a seismic moment and a seismic conversation to have had with a volunteer."

Read more on the Evening Standard website >

View his interview with Channel 4 News >

Listen to his interview on Radio 5 Live >

Immediate Post-anaesthetic Recovery draft guideline: we invite comments from members over the next three weeks

A new guideline on immediate post-anaesthetic recovery is in its final draft stage and we invite comments from members over the next three weeks. We would be most grateful if members would read the draft and submit any comments they might have to honsecretary@aagbi.org

All comments submitted will be considered before final version is brought before Council for approval. The closing date for comment submission is Tuesday 21 August 2012. Download the guideline »

The AAGBI response to the Competition Commission’s Issues Statement (30 July 2012)

AAGBI response to the CCThe Competition Commission’s investigation into the private healthcare market is gathering pace, with responses to the Commission’s 'Issues Statement' currently being published on its website (http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our-work/private-healthcare-market-investigation). The AAGBI’s comments will shortly be published at the web address above. The Issues Statement sets out the areas that will be the main focus of the investigation, in particular the seven 'theories of harm' that can lead to an 'adverse effect on competition' (the Commission’s own phrases are in parenthesis). Although most of the areas to be addressed in detail relate to the interaction between insurers and private hospitals, anaesthetists will be affected by decisions taken to redress at least three of the proposed theories of harm, the key one being the Commission’s concern that Anaesthetic Groups exercise excessive market power in certain local areas, charging more than anaesthetists in equivalent areas that are not dominated by a group. Other areas of interest include the 'buyer power of insurers' over individual consultants, i.e. restrictive recognition processes, and 'barriers to entry', i.e. the anticompetitive incentives given to consultants by some private hospitals, to include the unnecessarily wide disparity in fees paid to surgeons and anaesthetists for doing elective NHS cases.

The AAGBI is working with its lawyers to mount a robust defence of the clinical and organisational benefits associated with group practice, to argue that all patients should be entitled to pay top-up fees to consultants in the event of an insurance benefit shortfall, and to press the case for parity of payment for NHS work in the independent sector.

The next phase of the Competition Commission’s investigation will be to ask the AAGBI and other professional groups to provide large amounts of information that can be fed into the enquiry process. The AAGBI will be working with Anaesthetic Groups and its members to provide the information that will hopefully allow the Commission to make determinations that will benefit patients from a cost competition viewpoint while being fair to all consultants and not jeopardising the safe care that individual consultants and groups of anaesthetists currently provide.

Response from the AAGBI to the Competition Commission Private Healthcare Market Investigation Statement of Issues (July 2012) >

If you have a question about the Competition Commission’s investigation, please contact secretariat@aagbi.org

QuARCs - brief introduction (26 July 2012)

The NIAA Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) was established in March 2011 with three core aims relating to the clinical areas of anaesthesia (including anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, pain and the anaesthetic subspecialities):

  • initiating and coordinating large scale clinical audits
  • methodological innovation in clinical measurement
  • conducting and facilitating research to improve patient outcomes.

A central role of the HSRC is to provide the “glue” between clinical anaesthesia and the research agenda through the comprehensive audit of perioperative care, national quality improvement initiatives and the maintenance of a network of active engaged clinician researchers.

To facilitate this, we are seeking to establish a network of local Quality Audit and Research Coordinators (QuARCs) within every Trust to be a single point of contact for national audits, quality improvement projects, multicentre research and other academic issues. 

We would be grateful if you could forward this to your colleagues within your department.  For further information see the Charter, the Job Description and letter to clinical directors.

MHRA - One Liners issue 94 - July 2012 (4 July 2012)
This news sheet is aimed at healthcare professionals and highlights concerns relating to the use of medical devices. This issue covers topics including vaporizer leaks due to misplacement on the backbar of the anaesthetic machine and reports of re-usable manual resuscitators being misassembled after cleaning.
Read One Liners issue 94 - July 2012 >
Checking Anaesthetic Equipment - New guidelines from the AAGBI (6 June 2012)

Anaesthetic Equipment ChecklistThis month the AAGBI has released a new version of its ‘Checking Anaesthetic Equipment’ guideline and checklist.  The guideline has been updated because of the increasing sophistication and diversity of anaesthesia workstations and in the light of avoidable incidents that are reported to the AAGBI, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA). This new guideline is aimed at practice in the UK, but is also applicable internationally and updates and improves the procedures in AAGBI’s previous 2004 version.

The guideline has been written by Officers and Council members of the AAGBI in conjunction with representatives of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the MHRA, and the British Association of Anaesthetic and Respiratory Equipment Manufacturers Association (BAREMA). It was modified after a consultation with the membership of the AAGBI and the anaesthetic manufacturing industry. It has been trialed and modified in simulator settings on different machines. It has been endorsed by the Chief Medical Officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

AAGBI members will have received a copy of the guideline in the June edition of Anaesthesia and a copy can be found on the AAGBI website. View copy on AAGBI website > The pre-use checklist (figured in the guideline) ensures the correct function of anaesthetic equipment that is essential to patient safety; the AAGBI therefore recommends that  a copy of the checklist  be attached to all anaesthetic machines. Copies can be downloaded from the AAGBI website. Download a copy of the checklist >

The release of the guideline and checklist will also be supported by the MHRA which will issue a Medical Device Alert (MDA). The MHRA supported the previous 2004 version of the checklist with a MDA which further emphasises how integral the guideline and checklist is to safe patient care.

Stalled 2012 ACCEA process restarted by English DoH (21 May 2012)

The English Department of Health has announced that the stalled 2012 ACCEA round is to be restarted.

The numbers of both local and national awards will be similar to those made in the 2010 and 2011 rounds. The on-line application process will start on 28/5/12. Find out more »

AAGBI respond to report from the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) (9 May 2012)

The AAGBI has responded to the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) report ‘Shape of the Medical Workforce Starting the Debate on the Future Consultant Workforce’.  The AAGBI recognises the economic and workforce challenges facing the NHS and has welcomed the opportunity to contact the CfWI to seek clarification on its recommendations. 

Read the full AAGBI response to the CfWI >

View the report on the CfWI website >

Anaesthetists selected for volunteering scheme to save lives in the world’s poorest countries (8 May 2012)

SAFE course Uganda

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) is taking part in a volunteering scheme announced today by International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell to provide training in life-saving healthcare to medical workers in some of the world’s poorest countries. read more »
Council Elections - deadline for nominations extended until 5pm on Thursday 19th April 2012 (16 April 2012)
Council Elections - It has been brought to our attention that a number of prospective candidates experienced difficulties in submitting their nomination forms for the Council elections due to the Easter bank holiday weekend. As a result Council has decided to delay the deadline for nominations until 5pm on Thursday 19th April 2012. Further information can be found here >
AAGBI response to OFT referral of private healthcare market to Competition Commission (5 April 2012)

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) welcomes the decision announced yesterday by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to refer the market for privately funded healthcare services in the UK to the Competition Commission for further investigation. read more »

Read the OFT Private Healthcare Market Study »

Latest news from the Anaesthetic Sub-Committee of the BMA Consultant Committee (22 March 2012)

The function of the Anaesthetic Sub-Committee is to inform the Consultant Committee (CC) of all issues that affect the terms and conditions of anaesthetists, both in the NHS and in the independent sectors. The Anaesthetic Sub-Committee submitted six motions for debate at the 2012 Consultant Conference, reflecting the issues under discussion in 2011/12. read more »

Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) Review 2011 – Comment by AAGBI Council (16 March 2012)

The Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) - PA(A) - programme commenced in 2003 and there was a small-scale review of the scheme in 2008. The Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland was concerned that there was no up-to-date information on the scope of practice or the number of PA(A)s employed in the NHS, so commissioned a Working Party to review PA(A) practice in the UK in 2011. The Working Party has now reported and the Report, which describes the membership and methodology can be downloaded below. Coincidently, the 2011 AAGBI Membership Survey also asked for views on PA(A)s.  Read more »

Download the Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) Review 2011 »

Core Topics in Anaesthesia 2012 - a new publication from the AAGBI (14 March 2012)
This month the AAGBI launches Core Topics in Anaesthesia 2012 (published December 2011), co-produced with publisher Wiley-Blackwell with input from 20 expert contributors and edited by Dr Ian Johnston, Dr Leslie Gemmell and Dr William Harrop-Griffiths. The eleven chapters cover key topics that are core to the safe delivery of patient care and include concise and informative articles on difficult airways, pain management, hip fractures, abdominal surgery and obstetric haemorrhage. read more »
AAGBI respond to research misconduct case for Japanese anaesthetist, Yoshitaka Fujii (8 Mar 2012)

The AAGBI is dismayed by the announcement of a further case of research misconduct. Japanese anaesthetist, Dr Yoshitaka Fujii, associate professor of anesthesiology, Toho University Faculty of Medicine, has been under investigation since August 2011 on the credibility of nine of his entries into a number of academic journals (including AAGBI’s journal Anaesthesia) and this week has been dismissed from his position at Toho University. Read the full statement from Toho University >

The AAGBI is pleased to note the close collaboration of Anaesthesia with other international anaesthetic journals, in pursuing this case. The AAGBI and Anaesthesia are committed to the highest standards of research conduct and are keen to continue working with other bodies and agencies to further this aim.

Further information about the case and its implications will shortly be available on the Anaesthesia website. Visit the Anaesthesia website >

Fifth National Audit Project (NAP5) News (7 Mar 2012)

NAP5 will examine Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia (AAGA). It has the potential to be the largest study of AAGA ever conducted. As with NAP3 and NAP4 we anticipate all UK hospitals will take part.

Please disseminate this information in your department and prepare for the start of this exciting project.

Prof Jaideep Pandit has been appointed as the Joint Clinical Lead for NAP5 and will be working closely alongside Dr Tim Cook, College Advisor for National Audit Projects (NAPs).

Provisional launch date for NAP5 is June 2012.

Please refer to the NIAA website for the latest information. Please direct any queries to Maddy Humphrey at mhumphrey@nap5.org

NPSA Newsletter ‘Neuraxial Update’ No. 4 (01 Mar 2012)

NPSA Newsletter ‘Neuraxial Update’ No. 4 March 2012 pdf download »

Statement on Health and Social Care Bill (27 Feb 2012)

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) is the professional membership organisation representing more than 10,000 anaesthetists. The elected Council of the AAGBI wishes to express its concerns about the Health and Social Care Bill, currently undergoing its committee stage in the House of Lords.

The AAGBI remains committed to the fundamental principle that NHS care should be provided to all, free at the point of care, on the basis of need and will oppose any change that threatens this principle. We believe that the Secretary of State should retain the ultimate responsibility for the provision of a comprehensive health service.

Our members are the frontline providers of anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine, and the Association strives continuously to improve patient safety and the quality of care our patients receive. The AAGBI strongly supports the quality agenda for the NHS, in particular that care should be personal, effective and safe.

It is essential that the quality of care and the professional standards of the staff that provide it are consistent across all “willing providers” of services within the NHS. This includes the qualifications and experience of the staff, outcomes, and clinical governance mechanisms that oversee care.

The AAGBI is concerned that the Health and Social Care Bill may result in inefficient fragmentation and costly reorganisation of the health service at a time when the NHS is required to make unprecedented savings in healthcare expenditure.

The AAGBI is concerned that if the NHS is based on competition and driven by market forces, providers will prefer to offer profitable services and will be reluctant to take on patients with significant co-morbidities who will require more expensive perioperative care and rehabilitation.

We invite politicians and policy-makers to engage with AAGBI for expert opinions and advice concerning the specialist services our members provide.

We welcome members' comments on the statement - info@aagbi.org

Supply problems with UK licensed thiopentone (20 Feb 2012)

The AAGBI is aware of supply problems with UK licensed thiopentone.  Archimedes Pharma UK have made interim arrangements for unlicensed but pharmaceutically equivalent thiopentone to be sourced from Germany until the UK licensed product becomes available again.  Anaesthetic departments may wish to review stock levels and the use of thiopentone in the meantime.

Read correspondence from Archimedes Pharma:

Time for work for the benefit of the wider NHS (27 Jan 2012)

UK Chief Medical Officers, Department of Health and the General Medical Council (GMC) write to NHS employers to request support for doctors who undertake national work of benefit to the NHS.

Find out more »

Defence anaesthetists win outstanding certificate of honour (20 Jan 2012)

Today 138 Regular and Reserve Defence Anaesthetists from the Royal Navy, the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Royal Air Force will receive the Pask Award for their services in Afghanistan since the beginning of the conflict in October 2001. The award will be made by the Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) at their Winter Scientific Meeting held in London.

Press release »

Inaugural Innovation in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Award (20 Jan 2012)

The inaugural Innovation in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Award will be presented to joint winners Dr James Limb (Glasgow) and Dr Graeme McLeod (Dundee) at WSM on Friday 20 Jan. Both winners will present their work at the innovations session on Friday at 09:30 and will be presented with their award by Dr Archie Brain at the honours and awards ceremony on Friday at 11:30.

Press release »

Hip fracture guidelines tackle “considerable variations” in UK and Irish hospital care (11 Janaury 2012)

Expert guidance covers areas where evidence is controversial or incomplete

All patients with hip fractures should be fast-tracked through hospital
emergency departments and operated on within 48 hours of admission,
according to new consensus guidelines developed by UK experts in
anaesthesia, orthopaedics, geriatrics and emergency medicine and published
in the January issue of Anaesthesia.

Press release »

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