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


44.6 November 2016

In the November issue of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care the cover note  features the development of manikins as a training aid in resuscitation and an editorial by N.M. Gibbs  which argues that articles published in a scientific journal should not be judged solely by the number of citations they receive.

Amongst the reviews in this edition is a paper by Hack et al which discusses new treatments such as haemopoietic stem cell transplantation and enzyme replacement therapy. Early and successful transplantation has dramatically improved long-term outcome and reduced anaesthetic complications in children with Hurler syndrome.

The association of deficiency in total body iron with an increased risk of reactive thrombocytosis is well known, but whether ‘functional iron deficiency’ is also associated with reactive thrombocytosis is unknown. Nicola et al  conducted a retrospective case-control study to assess the relationships between functional iron deficiency, reactive thrombocytosis and risk of thromboembolism.

Culwick et al  discuss bow-tie analysis, a risk analysis and management tool that has been readily adopted into routine practice in many high reliability industries such as engineering, aviation and emergency services. However, it has received little exposure so far in healthcare.

In their study on The effect of dabigatran on the kaolin-activated whole blood Thromboelastogram ‘Aho et al examine whether there is a consistent effect of dabigatran on the thromboelastogram (TEG) and whether this correlates with the effects of dabigatran on traditional coagulation parameters.
Mullany et al  query whether a low medical emergency team (MET) dose may be associated with improved hospital mortality when combined with a modified early warning score (MEWS) and an intervention to improve communication.

Khandkar et al compared two commercially available quantitative neuromuscular function monitoring techniques, kinemyography (KMG) and electromyography (EMG), to assess whether KMG could be used interchangeably with EMG to exclude residual neuromuscular blockade (RNMB).

As usual the Correspondence  section offers a variety of interesting topics.



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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