Anesthesiology: July 2017 Podcast

New Issue of Anesthesiology
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On the cover:
Management of perioperative fluid impacts gastrointestinal function. In this issue of Anesthesiology, Gómez-Izquierdo et al. randomized patients undergoing laparoscopic colorectal surgery within an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program to receive intraoperative goaldirected fluid therapy or fluid therapy based on traditional principles and assessed the impact on postoperative ileus. Intraoperative goal-directed fluid therapy did not reduce postoperative ileus, suggesting that previously demonstrated benefits might have been offset by advancements in perioperative care.

British Journal of Anaesthsia – TOC Spetmeber 2016

BJA. (2016) Volume 117 Issue 3.

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Articles in the September issue include:

  • Continuing to excel in anaesthesia through the ‘big five’: teaching, training, testing, quality, and research | Abstract available here

  • I spy with my little eye something beginning with S: spotting sepsis | Abstract available here
  • Predicting arterial blood gas and lactate from central venous blood analysis in critically ill patients: a multicentre, prospective, diagnostic accuracy study | Abstract available here
  • Patient coping and expectations about recovery predict the development of chronic post-surgical pain after traumatic tibial fracture repair | Abstract available here

  • The impact of the acute respiratory distress syndrome on outcome after oesophagectomy | Abstract available here

Read the full table of contents here


Anaesthesia – TOC September 2016

Anaesthesia | Volume 71, Issue 9. pp. 997–1123

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Articles in this issue include:

  • Ultrasound evaluation of the impact of cricoid pressure versus novel ‘paralaryngeal pressure’ on anteroposterior oesophageal diameter | Abstract available here
  • Evaluation of a novel in-line point-of-care blood gas analyser | Abstract available here
  • Factors influencing the family consent rate for organ donation in the UK | Abstract available here
  • Apnoeic oxygenation in pregnancy: a modelling investigation | Abstract available here

View the full table of contents here

European Journal of Anaesthesiology – August 2016 TOC

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This issue includes:

  • Editorial: ‘Don’t forget to ventilate during cardiopulmonary resuscitation with mechanical chest compression devices’ – available here
  • Comparing airway topical anaesthesia techniques for awake fibreoptic intubation – available here
  • The efficacy of different doses of liquorice gargling for attenuating postoperative sore throat and cough after tracheal intubation – available here
  • The vertical obturator nerve block: A randomised controlled double-blind pilot trial – available here

View the full table of contents here




On the Cover:
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Blood transfusions are associated with morbidity and mortality. However, restrictive thresholds could harm patients less able to tolerate anemia. In this issue of Anesthesiology, Hovaguimian and Myles present the results of a systematic review to quantify the effects of transfusion strategies, concluding that restrictive transfusion strategies should be applied with caution in high-risk patients undergoing major surgery.

  • Hovaguimian and Myles: Restrictive versus Liberal Transfusion Strategy in the Perioperative and Acute Care Setting: A Context-specific Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials, p. 46

  • Beattie and Wijeysundera: Approaching a Safe Last Resort: Triggers for Perioperative Blood Transfusion, p. 11

Read the full article here



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Postoperative cognitive dysfunction is common. It remains uncertain if there are long-term adverse cognitive effects that are attributable to surgery combined with anesthesia. In this issue of Anesthesiology, Dokkedal et al. examined the association between exposure to surgery and level of cognitive function in a sample of 8,503 middle-aged and elderly twins. In an accompanying Editorial View, Avidan and Evers argue based on the existing evidence that persistent postoperative dysfunction is largely a fallacy. Their arguments are highlighted in this month’s infographic.

  • Dokkedal et al.: Cognitive Functioning after Surgery in Middle-aged and Elderly Danish Twins, p. 312

  • Avidan and Evers: The Fallacy of Persistent Postoperative Cognitive Decline, p. 255

  • Infographics in Anesthesiology: Persistent Postoperative Cognitive Decline? A Pyramid of Evidence, p. 21A


Podcast: James C. Eisenach – Overview of February issue editorials and original studies.


Read the transcript here