Monthly Archives: March 2018

morbidity & mortality

completely forgot to mention this short review on morbidity & mortality rounds (though they seem to be more commonly referred to as “conferences” in the literature). hope this turns out to a useful resource. traditionally, m&m rounds/ conferences have often been a forum for blaming and shaming, but they are much more useful as a way to learn from mistakes, without limiting evaluations of what happened to the person/people at the sharp end. as described by Reason in his classic swiss cheese model of error, there are usually lots of underlying factors contributing to error. alongside the paper, we included a couple of powerpoint presentations (in english and french) in the supplementary showing how a case might be presented for m&m rounds.



long overdue

this is a long overdue post after several months of relative sloth. a few fun things, in reverse chronolgoical order (or what i can remember…):

1. Fred won the Best Oral Abstract Presentation by a Resident at the recent Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists Spring Meeting in Grenada (a distant memory after walking to work in -20C this morning).


2. peerj preprint published. this was submitted to peerj to take advantage of their free publication month, celebrating 5 years of existence for the journal. we were not alone in doing this; they received around 1500 submissions, but seem to have been handling it very well (we’ve already been assigned an academic editor and the accompanying preprint has been published).
this study shows that spending a little time on training is probably quite useful when applying the rat grimace scale.


3. couple of case reports published towards the end of last year, both with Graeme, one of our anaesthesia residents. being temporarily unable to extract an epidural catheter from a cow was an interesting experience and it’s always amazing how quickly time passes during a difficult intubation. both reports are open access 🙂

epid knotroc

4. and a paper from emily, refining some earlier work on pre-warming for maintaining peri-anaesthesia temperature in rats. an unexpected finding was discovering that the heat pad we were using had quite a variable temperature output. the raw data are avialble on the harvard dataverse.