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 John Snow BSc Awards

The NIAA is delighted to announce details of the John Snow intercalated BSc awards available in 2015. Designed to encourage medical student interest in anaesthetics and its related disciplines, these awards go to the student and not the supervisor/institution and are meant to contribute towards living costs. Project running costs will be funded by the supervisor/institution. The AAGBI/Anaesthesia, BJA/RCoA and OAA are offering awards of £2,000 and the NASGBI is offering one award of £1,000. The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Tuesday 31 March 2015. Please click here for further details and to download an application form.

NASGBI Statement on the recently published document “Standards for providing safe acute ischaemic stroke thrombectomy services”.

The NASGBI welcomes and fully supports this document as an important first step in introducing a standard of care for those patients who require urgent thrombectomy after failed thrombolysis for ischaemic stroke. Although thrombectomy is still not in itself a recognised standard of therapeutic intervention for stroke patients and large studies are still on going to look at this, those patients within these studies still need a standard of care to which we should aspire. For those of us who work in units with a clearly defined neuroanaesthetic emergency on call rota, then this standard is clear with regard to what is recommended. However the NASGBI is aware that not all neuroscience units have a separate neuroanaesthetic on call rota, thus a statement to clarify the recommendation is appropriate. “The anaesthetic care of these patients should be supervised by Neuroanaesthetists with skilled assistance. It should be consultant led.”  As contributors to this document, the NASGBI is clear that the Neuroanaesthetic supervision in this case is to the service and not to the care of each individual patient. The intention is that the service including audit should be overseen, and any local policies and guidelines drawn up by a Consultant Neuroanaesthetist within the centre. It is not the intention that all of these patients need to have a consultant Neuroanaesthetist present. However we do agree that it should be a Consultant Anaesthetist delivered service.

 2015 ASM and the General Election

Please don’t miss out on the opportunity to vote and attend the conference at the same time – register for a postal vote by following the link