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Stage 1 and 2 Neuroanaesthesia

Anaesthesia for Elective Cranial Surgery – Overview 

Published on 17 March, 2022

Last modified on March 18th, 2024

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13.9.14 Provides safe anaesthetic care to ASA 1-3 adults for simple elective and emergency intracranial, spinal and neuroradiology procedures under local supervision.

HiLLO 12: Doctors specialising in Intensive Care Medicine understand the special needs of, and are competent to manage patients with neurological diseases, both medical and those requiring surgery, which will include the management of raised intracranial pressure, central nervous system infections and neuromuscular disorders.

HiLLO 7: Specialists in Intensive Care Medicine can provide pre-operative resuscitation and optimisation of patients, deliver post-operative clinical care including optimising their physiological status, provide advanced organ system support and manage their pain relief.

HiLLO 10: Intensive Care Medicine specialists will have developed the necessary skills of induction of anaesthesia, airway control, care of the unconscious patient and understanding of surgery and its physiological impact on the patient.

Review Articles

Update on anaesthesia for craniotomy Current Opinion in Anesthesiology 26(5), 2013, 517-522

The use of scalp block in paediatric patients 2012, 2, 70-73

GA craniotomy – use of prophylactic dexmedetomidine for prevention of post op delirium

Glioma in adult patients

National Guidance/Standards

Centre for Perioperative Care – Frailty Guideline


SNACC – Problem based learning: craniotomy

Scalp block YouTube

NACCS Webinars & Video

30/11/23 supratentorial tumours surgical view Ms Maye
30/11/23 supratentorial tumours anaesthesia view Dr Garner
30/11/23 supratentorial tumours anaesthesia view Mr Lo

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