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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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.
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Latest Issue


43.6 November

The final edition for 2015 of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care is now available online and features a range of fascinating articles about our specialty. The issue commences with a personal editorial by Dr Christine Ball, who gives thanks to her friend and long-time collaborator, Dr Rod Westhorpe, for his many years of service to the journal. Together, the pair have authored the AIC cover notes for over 25 years, but November 2015 marks the last official contribution of Dr Westhorpe, who is now retired from clinical practice.

In this month’s issue, Webster et al present their findings from 20 highly realistic simulated cases involving clinician deviation from accepted practice guidelines during drug administration. In this study, the authors seek to determine the factors that influence deviation, arguing that this understanding will help improve creation of and compliance with future protocol.

43:6 includes a quality improvement project undertaken by Dafoe et al examining barriers to mobilisation of ICU patients and how they might be overcome. While factors such as limited staff education and poor interdisciplinary communication were easily identified as inhibiting mobilisation, the interventions made into these factors were largely unsuccessful, and as such require further study.

Also in the November journal is a study by Sidhu et al into teaching and learning of undergraduate anaesthesia at the University of Auckland. The authors report significant variability between anaesthetist and student opinion in regards to their clinical attachments, encouraging readers to undertake similar exercises in their institutions in order to optimise teaching and learning opportunities for undergraduate anaesthesia.

Lighter reads found in this month’s correspondence section include submissions on postpartum seizure following epidural anaesthesia and post–dural puncture headache, the use of Google Translate software for pre-anaesthetic consultation, pacemaker-induced R-on-T phenomenon leading to ventricular fibrillation post cardiac surgery and a renewed call for environmentally responsible anaesthesia practice.


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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