Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is an educational journal for those associated with anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain medicine.We aim to facilitate individuals’ communication and sharing of research and experience through original articles of scientific and clinical interest. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is the official journal of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists and reaches over 4000 subscribers each issue.


Shortly after Dr Geoffrey Kaye founded the Society, one of the first items on the agenda was to establish a journal. Originally a series of Anaesthetic Numbers in the Medical Journal of Australia, this transformed into the Society newsletter. Most Australian anaesthetists preferred to send their articles overseas to more established journals and so, for a time, the newsletter was regarded as a carrier of Society news and developments in anaesthesia rather than the scientific communication it is today. After a few false starts, the first issue of the journal was launched in 1972. Originally published quarterly, it has since become a bimonthly publication.  

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Latest Issue

43.4 July

The July 2015 edition of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and its annual History Supplement feature a range of intriguing articles. The July issue opens with a great cover and cover note on the evolution of the polyvinyl chloride endotracheal tube.
The Anaesthesia and Intensive Care team is saddened to report the passing of Dr John Roberts this year.  As the third editor of the journal, and an active member of the Editorial Board, we hope you can share in his many achievements in an obituary written by fellow Board member, Dr Barry Baker.

The July issue also includes three randomised comparisons – one for analgesia after hip replacement, a comparison of three analgesia regimens following total knee joint replacement and an observer-blinded study of ultrasound-guided supraclavicular, infraclavicular and below-C6 interscalene brachial plexus block for upper limb surgery.

Moving further afield, Wu et al have assessed the applicability of risk scores for PONV in a Taiwanese population – how does it compare with your hospital’s own stats?

Haven’t we all wondered whether additional data might improve predictions to surgery outcome? Butterfield et al has asked and answered: does adding ICU data to the POSSUM score improve the prediction of outcomes following surgery for upper GI malignancies?

Not up for as lengthy a read?  Our Correspondence section has a myriad of topics for you to touch on. Fry et al have followed up on their previous work investigating substance abuse amongst Australian and New Zealand anaesthetic trainees. As has McGirr, who calls for a coordinated and centralised approach to substance abuse amongst anaesthetists.  Purcell and Lim reports on failure of intubation with an Aintree intubation catheter via size 3 ‘Unique’ LMA and Bromilow et al responds to a previous case report by Ho et al on inadvertent carotid artery cannulation. Edelman et alalso reports on a recent case highlighting the critical risk of tumour fragment embolism causing airway obstruction. 

43.History Supplement

The 2015 Anaesthesia and Intensive Care History Supplement chronicles a number of fascinating milestones in the development of these twin medical specialties, commencing with an editorial by Drs Michael Cooper and Christine Ball that affirms the importance of historical inquiry into the area.

This is followed by an article by Pieters et al that provides readers with an overview of past improvements to airway management devices, demonstrating that technological advancement has cycled from indirect views of the glottis, to the development of direct laryngoscopes and back through to innovations in indirect (video) laryngoscopy.

Two articles in this year’s Supplement feature historical attitudes on the medical management of pain during childbirth. While Eley et al consider the development of labour analgesia in the Anglo-Australian context, G. A. Skowronski discusses changing views to such pain relief in light of sequential waves of feminist thought.

From an intensive care perspective, R. V. Trubuhovich details the pioneering ‘Scandinavian Method’ for treating barbiturate poisoning and its practitioners’ significant (though not entirely uncontested) contributions to the establishment of the modern ICU.
In addition to a number of other fascinating features, don’t miss the Correspondence section, which features lively debate sparked by last year’s Supplement.


We encourage submissions to the Journal through the submissions website.  

The overriding mission of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is to publish papers that have educational value and scientific merit for clinicians and researchers associated with anaesthesia, intensive care medicine, and pain medicine. The educational value must apply to a wide range of readers and not be limited to a particular region or country, with the exceptions of Australia and New Zealand. The scientific merit will be judged on the novelty of the work, the validity of the methodology and the soundness of the interpretation of the findings. Papers must have sufficient clinical relevance to be of interest to practising clinicians or clinical researchers. Animal studies of a basic science nature will rarely be accepted.

To submit a paper please visit the Submissions website.  


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