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

In this issue of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Dr Kiran Shekar has written an insightful editorial on extracorporeal respiratory support. Should we be breaking conventions or sticking to conventional techniques?  But what about areas such as cost effectiveness, ethics, governance, quality control, reporting and accreditation?

Tiruviopati et al report the first case of using a novel, extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal device in Australia on a patient with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest where mechanical ventilation failed to achieve normocapnia.

The superiority of the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration equation is tested by Conil et al in an original paper that comes to a conclusion that will make you think twice.

Lim et al conducted a randomised controlled trial of ultrasound-assisted spinal anaesthesia. They investigated whether pre-procedural ultrasound scanning improved first-attempt success rate and decreased time take for the procedure in the general adult population.

Dr Daryl Jones has reviewed the epidemiology of adult Rapid Response Team patients in Australia and proposes three models of RRT syndromes with interesting findings that may prompt you to review your own institution’s RRT.

Feel like a lighter read? This issues correspondence covers a range of topics such as Missed Guidewires, the role of innominate artery ligation in the management of massive haemorrhage, circumcision without anaesthesia and Tracheal tube compression in an obese patient.


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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