In December 2019 the Association of Anaesthetists and the Neuro Anaesthesia and Critical Care Society and the Neuro Anaesthesia and Critical Care Society published their joint guidelines on how to safely transfer patients with acute brain injury to the appropriate level of care. Focusing on TBI and stroke-related brain injury, this consensus document outlines both… Continue reading Joint AAGBI & NACCS Guidelines on Safe Transfer of the Brain Injured Patient
This month’s edition of Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology is replete with neuro-topics, ranging from awake craniotomy to complex spinal surgery and anaesthesia for stroke thrombectomy. Well worth a read, this collection of articles provides (often excellent) summaries of evidence and current practice in numerous fields relevant to the neuroanaesthetist.
From our quality-focused colleagues at the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) comes this set of guidelines for management of the most common emergencies encountered in neuroanaesthetic practice. Conceived with the purpose of addressing complex emergent issues in a concise, goal-directed and simplified manner, these cognitive aids are clear-cut and based on… Continue reading SNACC – How to Handle Neuroanaesthetic Emergencies
Endovascular thrombectomy is a cornerstone of ischaemic stroke managament. Time from stroke to intervention has been clearly linked to functional outcome (1) and is a key metric to which much attention is devoted. But what about the duration of the procedure itself? Earlier data has suggested that length of procedure may affect functional outcomes after… Continue reading Recent study in JACC – Procedure Time in Stroke Thrombectomies Has Impact on Outcomes
This study, recently published in JAMA, revealed no beneficial effect from hypothermia as an adjunct to decompressive hemicraniectomy in the setting of middle cerebral artery stroke. In fact, the authors’ findings even suggest harm. Find the article here.
These guidelines were updated in 2018 and can be found here. Of special interest is the reversal of the recommendation to avoid general anaesthesia for thrombectomy in stroke, in view of newer data. The choice of conscious sedation versus GA should be individualised and are both approaches are acceptable, according to the revised guidelines. More on… Continue reading AHA/ASA Guidelines for Early Management of Patients with Acute Ischaemic Stroke
Meyfroidt and colleagues recently published a commentary in Intensive Care Medicine addressing ten tenets in neurocritical care that merit debate. The article deals with the following ten statements: 1. Only neurointensivists should care about the brain. 2. Clinical examination of neurocritically ill patients is impossible. 3. We should no longer monitor ICP in traumatic brain… Continue reading Meyfroidt et al in ICM: Ten false beliefs in neurocritical care
A recently published review  by our Danish colleagues sums up the more recent trials on the subject of anaesthetic technique for endovascular treatments of ischaemic stroke. Previous publications, many of which are based largely on observational or retrospective data, have suggested harm from general anaesthesia (GA) for these procedures, when compared with conscious sedation… Continue reading Anaesthesia for Endovascular Treatment of Acute Ischaemic Stroke: Still Controversial?
Does choice of anaesthetic approach have an impact on neurological outcomes in stroke patients? This article, recently published in Stroke, examines outcomes in patients undergoing endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke, randomised to either conscious sedation or general anaesthesia. Retrospective material till now has suggested poorer outcomes in patients subjected to full anaesthesia when compared… Continue reading AnStroke Trial: Anaesthesia vs. Sedation for Endovascular Treatment of Ischemic Stroke