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Trainee Prize Evening - 26th February (Wed, 15 Jan 2020)

Our annual Trainee Prize Evening is coming up, whihc this year is being held on Wednesday 26th February at 6pm (BWH). A great opportunity to boost your CV and catch up with other trainees from around the region.

The deadline for submission is the 7th February

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Period of Grace - Changes are coming! (Thu, 7 Mar 2019)

There is going to be a change regarding the period of grace after your CCT. This change is coming from HEEWM and you should be receiving information/guidance from HEEWM soon. The change will be from August 2019 so will affect trainees with a CCT date from August 2019...

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Recent BJA Publications

Avatar-based patient monitoring in critical anaesthesia events: a randomised high-fidelity simulation study
Failures in situation awareness cause two-thirds of anaesthesia complications. Avatar-based patient monitoring may promote situation awareness in critical situations.
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Central venous catheter misplacement into an aberrant pulmonary vein: implications of a congenital variation
Editor—Confirmation of the correct position of central venous catheters (CVC) is a major factor in patient safety. Recognising catheter misplacement and, most importantly, inadvertent arterial cannulation, is a crucial step in this process. However, rare congenital venous variations could pose significant difficulties in the interpretation of CVC position criteria, such as pressure waveform, blood gas analysis, and chest radiography.1 We report an example of an aberrant pulmonary vein as an unexpected cause of CVC misplacement.
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Climate impacts of anaesthesia
Editor—We congratulate McGain and colleagues1 on a thorough review of environmental sustainability in anaesthesia and critical care. We wish to place the discussion of volatile anaesthetic agents within the science of climate change, and argue that a move away from the use of these agents cannot be justified based solely on their global warming potential (GWP).
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