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 .

The Journal online

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.

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is also available as an App via Google Play or iTunes store. Readers are invited to purchase an online only individual subscription for AUD$247.50 (incl. GST).

Latest Issue

46.6 November 2018

The November issue has a covernote by Featherstone and Ball on The early history of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. There’s an Editorial by Chief Editor John Loadsman on a data sharing policy. In the Editorial The Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Jeanette Thirlwell Best Paper Award turns 21, and our first Junior Investigator Award Cooper et al reflect on the history of the award.

In their Case Report Sadleir et al describe a case of severe left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) with severe mitral incompetence due to systolic anterior motion of the anterior mitral leaflet (SAM). There’s also a link to a video on the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care website.

In Retrieval of critically ill adults using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: the nine-year experience in New South Wales Austin et al performed a retrospective observational study on patients who were transported by the NSW ECMO Retrieval Service.

Konishi et al compared the incidence of POCD in patients administered either sevoflurane or propofol for maintenance of anaesthesia during total hip replacement surgery.

In Preoperative gastric residual volumes in fasted patients measured by bedside ultrasound: a prospective observational study Ohashi et al measured gastric volumes in fasted patients using bedside gastric ultrasound. Univariate and multivariable analyses were performed to examine any potential relationships between ‘at risk’ GRVs (>100 ml) and patient factors

In their Audit, Matzelle et al audited the diagnostic accuracy of ROTEM® (TEM Innovations, GmbH, Munich, Germany) measurements of hypofibrinogenaemia (fibrinogen <1.5 g/l) and thrombocytopenia (platelet count <100 x 109/l) in 200 adult non-transplant patients during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB).

As usual there is a variety of interesting Correspondence and Book Reviews in this issue.

The annual History Supplement has loads of interesting features including the cover feature on the Corfe-McMurdie anaesthetic inhaler and the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station.

Become part of the AIC Family

Love the AIC as much as we do? Would you like to be more involved in continuing to uphold the standards and quality of the Journal? Keen to accrue some CPD points along the way? Become a reviewer for the AIC and help determine what articles make it to print. Signing up is easy!

To register as a reviewer, you’ll need to create/update your profile on the submissions website.

And when you are creating your profile, you will need to select “Reviewer” as your user type. Alternatively, if you are already registered as an Author with the AIC, you simply need to edit your profile and select Reviewer as your alternative user type.

After the registration has been completed, you can upload your interests via the home page – which will allow any of the Editors to offer you papers to review that are more closely lined up to your interests.

If you have any trouble, please contact and one of the AIC Production Team can assist you.


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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