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


44.1 January

The January 2016 issue includes an interesting cover note and imagery on early resuscitation practices, including items dating back to the 1700s and a poster from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia dated 1888.   

Chief Editor Neville Gibbs looks at the issues surrounding the halt or even decline in medical research being undertaking in Australia and New Zealand. What does this mean for the future of the speciality and indeed patients? Should anaesthetic trainees be more involved in research as part of their training? Send us your thoughts on this matter.

This issue includes a number of articles on cardiac topics including ‘A trial of nebulised heparin to limit lung injury following cardiac surgery’, ‘Procedural pain does not raise plasma levels of cortisol or catecholamines in adult intensive care patients after cardiac surgery’ and ‘Characteristics of sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction using speckle-tracking echocardiography: a feasibility study’

As always a very topical subject is organ donation;  Marck et al report on ‘Potential donor families’ experiences of organ and tissue donation–related communication, processes and Outcomes’.

Abstracts of the recent Australian Society of Anaesthetists and New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists Combined Scientific Congress held in Darwin are in this issue.  Included are abstracts from invited speakers John B West, University of California San Diego, Prof BobbieJean Sweitzer, University of Chicago, Martin Smith, University College London Hospitals, UK, Alicia T Dennis The Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville, and the University of Melbourne, Dr Kelly Byrne and Prof Debra Schwinn.


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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