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 🙂
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.