Perioperative Medicine Tutorial of the Month [POMTOM]. Our regular feature to keep you on your toes.

Tutorial of the Month


Elective vs Emergency Surgery

Dr Daragh Lehane

05 July 2018

Daragh Lehane is a perioperative fellow at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Daragh is our first Australian trainee to author a Perioperative Medicine Tutorial of the Month - expect to see more from down under as our new Australia & New Zealand arm, TRIPOM ANZ, is starting to grow. This presents valuable opportunities to gain international perspectives on perioperative teaching and practices through a global network of trainees interested in perioperative medicine.


Perioperative Ventilation Stratergies

Dr Matt Oliver

01 June 2018

Mechanical Ventilation (MV) is a cornerstone of intraoperative anaesthetic practice but is surprisingly poorly understood.It’s clear that one size doesn’t fit all, and simply accepting default settings is rarely appropriate.On the other hand, striving to achieve physiological ideals (derived in awake upright patients not undergoing intra-abdominal surgery) can result in volu-, baro-, atelecta-, and bio-trauma (to name a few) and exacerbates existing lung pathologies.


Pre-Operative Optimisation of Respiratory Disease

Dr Owen Lewis

01 May 2018

Anaesthetists in the UK are faced with an increasing elderly and co morbid population. Several recent papers have examined the incidence, impact and risk factors for development of postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC’s), identifying pre-operative optimisation of respiratory disease as a vital part of strategies to reduce these (1). This tutorial will focus on the diagnosis and pre-operative management of asthma, COPD and OSA.


Peri-operative Care of the Obese Patient

Dr D.R Tunney

16 Apr 2018

The World Health Organisation defines Obesity as body mass index (BMI) > 30 kg/m2. This is then sub-divided into Class I (BMI 30-34.9 kg/m2), Class II (BMI 35-39.9 kg/m2) and Class III obesity (BMI >40 kg/m2).


Perioperative Management of anticoagulant medications

Dr Ciaran Lisboa, Morriston Hospital, Swansea

05 Feb 2018

An increasing number of patients are now taking anti-coagulant medications or antiplatelet agents. This means there is increased risk of significant haemorrhage in the peri-operative period and care needs to be taken regarding choice of surgical and anaesthetic technique [1].

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