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


44.4 July 2016

The July 2016 edition of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and its annual History Supplement feature a range of intriguing articles.
 The History Supplement focuses on anaesthesia in the First World War.

The 44.4 Journal includes an interesting cover note on the rocking method of artificial respiration developed by Dr Frank Eve in 1932.

Low levels of Vitamin B12 are associated with recognised syndromes and may be a precipitating factor in cardiovascular disease while high levels are associated with poor outcomes in critically ill patients. Romain et al discuss whether there is a minimal role for therapeutic uses of Vitamin B12 in the absence of deficiency.

Ayasrah examines the high rates of uncontrolled pain amongst critically ill patients and suggests that pain should be treated before performing procedures to prevent or minimise pain, while Sidiropoulos et al demonstrate that a program of donation after circulatory death can deliver a substantial number of additional solid organs for transplantation, benefitting a large number of recipients.

A survey of anaesthetists’ practice of sedation for elective and emergency gastroscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and colonoscopy was undertaken by Leslie et al and revealed significant variation in the routine practice of endoscopy sedation by specialist anaesthetists in Australia.

The study conducted by Darvall et al found the pedometer to be a feasible, acceptable device to remotely monitor the activity levels of a cohort of participants. This technology may have benefits for prehabilitation of preoperative and other patient groups.

In addition, Slocombe and Pattullo describe the implementation of the ‘Stop Before You Block’ (SB4YB) initiative in an Australian teaching hospital and propose that SB4YB should be performed before all unilateral nerve blocks.



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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