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



In this issue of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Chief Editor Neville Gibbs says thank you and congratulations to Jeanette Thirlwell who, on 30 June 2014, stood down from her position as the Journal’s Executive Editor, after more than three decades’ service to the publication.

This month, two papers address the important topics of education and training in ultrasound-guided neuraxial anaesthesia. While Terblanche et al conducted a prospective, assessor-blinded, randomised controlled trial to develop a training program in neuraxial ultrasound, Deacon et al evaluated the learning curve of neuraxial ultrasound exams and the number of scans on non-pregnant models required to reach competency.

Conti et al reports on the effect of patient sex on the influence of early adverse events in a population of elderly patients, concluding that, like their younger counterparts, older women appear to be at a greater risk than men of experiencing early postoperative adverse events.

Tooke and Howell discuss the problem of incorrect selection of syringe type resulting in significant errors in drug delivery. They suggest that wide variation of syringe metrics and complex syringe menus may increase errors, resulting in under or over-delivery of medication.

In this issue’s equipment reports, Ng et al assesses the accuracy and reliability of the i-STAT® point-of-care device for the determination of haemoglobin concentration before and after major blood loss and Ang et al considers the use of the Codonics Safe Label System™ in improving labelling compliance of anaesthesia drugs.

This issue also includes the abstracts of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists 72nd National Scientific Congress, held on 26 to 29 September 2013 in Canberra.

42.4 History Supplement

In this issue of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care – History Supplement, we have six new papers on the history of anaesthesia.

The Medical Officer’s Journal of HMAS Sydney has provided a great deal of information and inspiration to author’s Jane McDonald and Elizabeth Todd. A record kept by the Ship’s surgeon, Leonard Darby, the journal provides a look at the anaesthesia administered and surgeries performed on board during 1913 to 1922. The article also includes some wonderful images from the Australian War Memorial.

If you didn’t know about infamous engineer, I. K. Brunel, you will now!  George Merridew has written an article on Brunel and his many famous railway, ship and bridge designs but, in particular he has focused on Brunel’s one and only health-related project, a Civil Hospital built for the British during the Crimean War in 1855.

Another military based article, John Crowhurst has detailed the historical significance of anaesthesia at Pearl Harbour. The anaesthetic tragedies at Pearl Harbour were so significant as to influence the discoveries of many other and superior drugs which in turn caused a realisation that anaesthesia needed to be a specialist medical discipline in its own right.

Inspiring the cover of this year’s History Supplement, Michael Cooper and Gregory Morris have written a fascinating look into some of the ANZAC doctors at Gallipoli and their contributions to anaesthesia in Australia. Timely, as this year marks the centenary of the start of World War I.

Rajesh Haridas has provided an article filled with wonderful illustrations outlining Doyen’s pharyngeal tubes. Giving us some insight into his five-volume surgical textbook - Traité de Thérapeutique Chirurgicale et de Technique Opératoire.
Finally is John Paull, having recently published a book on Dr Pugh, has also submitted an article investigating the myth of the illicit still. The paper examines the evidence for the truth or otherwise of assertions make by Dr Gwen Wilson.


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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