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Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia


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Table of Contents

1: Good practice and safety 2: Preoperative considerations 3: Preoptimisation 4: At risk populations 5: Cardiovascular disease 6: Respiratory disease 7: Renal disease 8: Hepatic disease 9: Endocrine and metabolic disease 10: Bone, joint, and connective tissue disorders 11: Haematology 12: Neurological and neuromuscular disorders 13: Psychiatric disorders 14: Getting started 15: Airway assessment and management 16: Conduct of anaesthesia 17: Blood products and fluid therapy 18: Specific circumstances 19: Cardiac anaesthesia 20: Thoracic surgery 21: Neurosurgery 22: Vascular surgery 23: Orthopaedic surgery 24: Plastic and burns surgery 25: Gastrointestinal surgery 26: Bariatric surgery 27: Liver procedures 28: Endocrine surgery 29: Urological surgery 30: Gynaecological surgery 31: Ear, nose and throat surgery 32: Maxillofacial and dental surgery 33: Ophthalmic surgery 34: Anaesthesia for radiology and cardiology 35: Obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia 36: Paediatric and neonatal anaesthesia 37: The major trauma patient 38: The emergency patient 39: Anaesthetic emergencies 40: Regional anaesthesia 41: Acute pain 42: Drug formulary

About the Author

Dr Rachel Freedman is a consultant adult and paediatric anaesthetist at St. Mary's Hospital in London. Rachel graduated from the University of Birmingham, and worked in Bristol and Brisbane before commencing anaesthetic training in Exeter. Here she worked with Iain Wilson and Keith Allman, and benefited firsthand from the 'corridor conversations' that are at the heart of this Handbook. Ten years later, Iain and Keith have handed over the OHA reins to Rachel, Lara, Aidan, and Nicola. Rachel was one of the inaugural Lifebox Fellows of Anaesthesia, spending six months in Uganda in 2016 working clinically and on quality improvement projects focused on safe anaesthesia and surgery. Rachel is course director for the Developing World Anaesthesia course held twice a year at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and topic lead for the Association of Anaesthetists course SAFE Paediatrics GB&I. Rachel is married with two children, one of whom arrived during the preparation of this book! Dr Lara Herbert is a consultant anaesthetist in Cornwall. She is a generalist with interests in major trauma, paediatric, obstetric, and global anaesthesia. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2004 and subsequently worked as a Royal Navy General Duties Medical Officer, seeing active service in Afghanistan. Her anaesthetics training took place in Exeter, Bristol, and Bath, and included a 6-month Lifebox fellowship in clinical and quality improvement in Uganda. Lara works closely with the Zimbabwean Anaesthetics Association to deliver regular SAFE courses there. She also edits for Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week. She is married with a son. Dr Aidan O'Donnell is a consultant anaesthetist and medical writer with a special interest in anaesthesia for childbirth. He graduated from Edinburgh in 1996 and trained in Scotland and New Zealand, where he works at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He is the author of Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction. He and his partner have four children. Dr Nicola Ross is a consultant anaesthetist with a special interest in CPET, pre-assessment, and anaesthesia for head and neck surgery. After medical school at UMDS Guy's and St Thomas' in London, Nicola was a trainee on the South Coast, Yorkshire, and New Zealand. Having CCT'd in 2013 Nicola worked as a consultant in Yorkshire, followed by a period in Queensland, eventually settling in Devon in 2019. Nicola has also worked and taught in low income settings in Uganda as well as for the ICRC in Nigeria, Armenia and the Philippines.


The Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia is a comprehensive, authoritative, and practical guide to the whole field of anaesthetic practice.
*Anticancer Research*

In conclusion, Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia is a quick and manageable handbook with a didactic approach to basic principles and to the latest updates in perioperative medicine, patient safety and anaesthetic management for elective surgical procedures and emergency situations. This book is a useful resource not only for resident anesthesiologists but also for trainees
*Chiara Cambise, European Journal of Anaesthesiology*

This book is extremely useful to students in anesthesiology. It is also helpful to those who are already in practice when confronted with an unfamiliar situation. It is the best handbook available …
*Robert R. Gaiser, Yale School of Medicine, Doody's Review Service*

Review from previous edition This edition goes above and beyond. . . it seems to have progressed from strength to strength.
*Edward Gilbert-Kawai, British Journal of Hospital Medicine*

To summarize, the Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia offers an expansive volume of information in a clear, concise, easy-to-read manner. The text covers key concepts without getting too involved in the details, making it an excellent choice as a first text for medical students or junior residents interested in the specialty. I recommend this high-yield book for any learner who wants to build a foundation of knowledge in anaesthesiology.
*Sophie N.Davie, MD, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia*

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