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.  

The Journal online

Visit the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care website to view latest issues, access our online archive or read about editorial policies and instructions for authors. Members and subscribers have online access as part of their membership. Please use the appropriate login details to access the papers.  For non-subscribers, papers over 12 months old are able to be viewed free of charge, and papers less than 12 months old will need to be viewed as pay-per-view of AUD$33 per paper.  

Latest Issue



The November edition of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care features a range of interesting articles, commencing with a probing editorial by Dr Michael Reade that looks at barriers to the provision of adequate care for suddenly deteriorating hospital patients.

Gilfillan et al examine problems that patients undergoing retrosternal goitre surgery may present to anaesthetists, questioning whether conventional airway management techniques can be suitably utilised in such circumstances.
In this issue, Ho et al judge the ability of the Trauma Embolic Scoring System (TESS) in predicting deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in severely injured trauma patients, concluding that, while not perfectly calibrated, the System’s high sensitivity and negative predictive value may still make it useful in clinical and research settings.

Rotella et al have conducted a fascinating investigation into factors that influence escalation-of-care decisions made by junior medical officers. The article explores a range of considerations, including familiarity with patient conditions, adequate handover protocol and even fears of conflict with senior medical staff.

This month, Weller et al present a qualitative study into the rigours of ANZCA specialist assessment, looking at the impact this testing has on trainee wellbeing and whether it is effective in promoting lifelong learning amongst young anaesthetists.
An audit conducted by Dr David Belavy describes a system for the collection of anaesthesia patient data using an online Quality of Recovery survey that is compatible with smartphones. This article suggests that while mobile internet technology can be used to provide significant amounts of data needed for quality assurance, it also presents new issues related to privacy and security.

Correspondence for November focuses on a great variety of topics, including the decline of trainee exposure to obstetric general anaesthesia, the optimal composition of amino acid and protein for ICU patients, thromboelastography-guided thrombolysis during ECMO, as well as a remarkable case in which a search for compatible blood needed in the event of transfusion for a particular patient resulted in only one available unit throughout the whole of the United Kingdom.  


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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