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

45.2 March 2017

For the second edition of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care we’re publishing in twos this time around. While we have only one cover note – Drs Featherstone and Ball have written a fascinating piece on bellows and self-inflating bags (how far we’ve come!); we have two editorials – Buprenorphine for the management of acute pain by Macintyre et al and Perioperative anaphylaxis: progress, prevention and pholcodine policy by McAleer et al.

We feature two Special Articles – one by Kolawole et al on the ANZAAG/ANZCA Perioperative Anaphylaxis Management Guidelines  in which the authors have developed management guidelines that include six crisis management cards intended to apply to anaphylaxis only during the perioperative period. Well worth a read for those interested in the latest approach to a high-tension situation. The other marks a milestone for webAIRS incident reporting who have received 4,000+ reports so far. Gibbs et al  have analysed patient and procedural factors associated with a higher proportion of harm or death, versus no harm in these first 4,000 incidents reports to webAIRS.

Reviews? We’ve got two! Ho et al have described the limitations of the traditional coagulation protein cascade and standard coagulation tests, explaining the potential advantages of applying the cell-based model in current coagulation management strategies for the critical bleeding. And Herway and Benumof  have attempted to determine the static factors that affect the length of the human trachea across different populations and to investigate whether or not there are dynamic factors that cause the length to vary within the same individual (and are these changes significant enough to increase the risk of endobronchial intubation or accidental extubation?).

This issue also holds a selection of Original Papers ranging from A six-month evaluation of a video double-lumen ETT after introduction into thoracic anaesthetic practice  and A pilot study using preoperative ScO2saturation to stratify cardiovascular risk in major non-cardiac surgery to Validation of a different endotracheal intubation simulator designed for use in anaesthetic training and A clinical audit assessing the efficacy of a numbing applicator for intravenous cannulation in children.

There are some abstracts from the ASA’s NSC which was held in Melbourne last year; and a range of correspondence if you’re more in the mood for a shorter read.

Just a reminder: applications are invited from ASA, NZSA or ANZICS members who are in training or within five years of their specialist qualification for the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Junior Research AwardThe prize consists of AUD$2,000 plus expenses to attend the annual ASA NSC in order to receive the award. Applications are in the form of a letter indicating the name of your paper published in AIC last year (2016), emailed to by 30 April 2017.


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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