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World Anaesthesia Day 2015

World Anaesthesia Day commemorates the first successful demonstration of ether anaesthesia on October 16, 1846. This ranks as one of the most significant events in the history of Medicine and took place at the Massachusetts General Hospital, home of the Harvard School of Medicine. The discovery made it possible for patients to obtain the benefits of surgical treatment without the pain associated with an operation.

To mark the day, we have created a collection of free articles from the BJA and BJA Education and a highlighted selection of BJA Journals podcasts for you to download.

To mark the day, we have created a collection of free articles from the BJA and BJA Education and a highlighted selection of BJA Journals podcasts for you to download.


1. Cardiac complications associated with goal-directed therapy in high-risk surgical patients: a meta-analysis
Arulkumaran, N.; Corredor, C.; Hamilton, M. A.; et al.

2. Evaluation of pulse pressure variation validity criteria in critically ill patients: a prospective observational multicentre point-prevalence study†
Mahjoub, Y.; Lejeune, V.; Muller, L.; et al.

3. 5th National Audit Project (NAP5) on accidental awareness during general anaesthesia: summary of main findings and risk factors
Pandit, J. J.; Andrade, J.; Bogod, D. G.; et al.

4. Low intraoperative tidal volume ventilation with minimal PEEP is associated with increased mortality
Levin, M. A.; McCormick, P. J.; Lin, H. M.; et al.

5. Evaluation of surgical conditions during laparoscopic surgery in patients with moderate vs deep neuromuscular block
Martini, C. H.; Boon, M.; Bevers, R. F.; et al.

6. Perioperative acute kidney injury
Gross, L. J.; Prowle. J. R.

7. Sleep physiology and the perioperative care of patients with sleep disorders
Hall, A.

8. Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks of the upper limb
Capek, A.; Dolan, J.

9. Major obstetric haemorrhage
Plaat, F.; Shonfeld, A.

10. Perioperative management for patients with a chronic spinal cord injury
Petsas, A.; Drake, J.

All articles are available to read for free online until the 30th November 2015.

BJA Journals podcasts for World Anaesthesia Day


Through the looking glass: awareness, BIS and an anaesthetist's perspective
Stem cell therapy - a new hope for traumatic brain injury?
‘Fit to fly’: overcoming barriers to preoperative haemoglobin optimization in surgical patients
Anaesthesia and the developing brain
Physiotherapy in the critically ill
Bleeding disorders: Safe perioperative care

Anaesthesia from Oxford

Explore more anaesthesia content from Oxford, compiled to mark the day.

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