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


45.1 January 2017

The January issue of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care discusses the use of strychnine for the treatment of shock in the cover note, while the editorial Correctly name your poison by L.S. Weber reports on the use of new drug names as decreed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

In their Review Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction—be prepared! Evans et al recommends that the presence of dynamic left ventricular outflow tract obstruction in a hypotensive critically ill patient should always be considered.

webAIRS is a web-based de-identified anaesthesia incident reporting system, which was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in September 2009. Gibbs et al emphasises that incident reporting allows anaesthetists to learn from the collective experiences of their colleagues.

Abraham et al has conducted a study over two years at a tertiary hospital, in order to determine the aetiology of preoperative anaemia in a cohort of patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery. The study demonstrated that about one-third of our patients with preoperative anaemia had evidence of iron deficiency and hence, a potentially reversible cause of anaemia.

The Welfare of anaesthesia trainees survey by Downey et al has been designed to investigate levels of stress, anxiety or depression and to identify factors compounding or relieving stress in anaesthesia trainees within the ANZCA training scheme.

Edelman et al’s Case Report details the cases of three patients transferred on veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) from a tertiary referral hospital to an ECMO centre and highlights the benefits of such a transfer.

Abstracts of the recent Australian Society of Anaesthetists 75th National Scientific Congress held in Melbourne, are also featured in this issue.


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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