Here is a list of blogs on this site. You can also find them using the search function. I hope they are helpful.   Anaemia and low iron Allergies under anaesthesia Nausea and vomiting after anaesthesia Awareness under anaesthesia Obstructive sleep apnoea Driving after an anaesthetic Anaesthesia for cosmetic surgery Temperature control under anaesthesia… Read more »

Anaemia and low iron

  Anaemia is an abnormally low level of haemoglobin in the blood. Haemoglobin carries oxygen but the red cells also maintain the fluid balance around the body. Anaemia is relatively common and even in the developed world exists in up to 5% of the population. It is now agreed that the ideal haemoglobin for major… Read more »

Allergies during anaesthesia

  A number of my patients have been concerned about being allergic to an anaesthetic drug. Most allergic reactions are so mild that they need no treatment but the rare serious allergy is very serious. Working together, anaesthetist and patient can minimise the risk.   An allergy is an abnormal learned response of the immune… Read more »

Nausea and vomiting after anaesthesia

  Nausea after a general anaesthetic remains one of the commonest and most distressing side-effects. Most patients do not actually vomit but nausea is unpleasant and delays recovery as well as discharge from hospital. Although nausea and vomiting are side effects of a number of anaesthetic drugs, it is thought that many patients are nauseous… Read more »

Awareness under anaesthesia

  Being awake during a general anaesthetic is extremely rare but the fear of awareness is not uncommon. British anaesthesia leads the world in undertaking national audit programmes (NAPs) and in 2014 NAP5 reported on awareness after analysing 2,800,000 anaesthetics. This report has significantly increased our understanding and allows us to reduce the risk and… Read more »

Obstructive sleep apnoea OSA

  Obstructive sleep apnoea or OSA is a condition where an individual stops breathing when they are asleep. It is more common in the obese and so we are seeing it more frequently. Most patients also snore but not all patients who snore have OSA as snoring can also arise from nasal obstruction.   It… Read more »

Driving after an anaesthetic

  If you are having a day case anaesthetic – in other words you are going home the same day as your operation – you will receive instructions from the hospital telling you that you have to be taken home, have a responsible adult stay overnight and that you should not drive. Some patients ask… Read more »

Anaesthesia and cosmetic surgery

  There has been a significant increase in the amount of cosmetic surgery undertaken in the UK over the past decade and although the greatest increases been in nonsurgical procedures such as fillers and Botox, the number of operations under general anaesthesia has also increased. The media has concentrated with some justification on whether patients… Read more »

Temperature control

  Temperature control during an operation is yet another of the many tasks that anaesthetists are responsible for. Temperature control has a number of benefits and also affects the patient in recovery so I thought it would be useful to include a blog   Humans are mammals and therefore maintain a very strict control over… Read more »

The difficult airway

  One of the most important jobs of an anaesthetist is maintaining the patient’s airway. As we lose consciousness, the tongue falls back and the airway becomes obstructed. In addition, anaesthetic drugs such as narcotics can suppress breathing. In some anaesthetics we deliberately stop the breathing so that we can relax the muscles to allow… Read more »