[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne, Wed 17th Oct 6:30pm “Anaesthesia, the science of keeping you alive”

David Vaux D.Vaux at latrobe.edu.au
Mon Oct 8 22:08:51 UTC 2012

Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne Wednesday 17th October, 6:30pm

All welcome, no booking needed.  Bring your friends!
At: Gene Technology Access Centre, 1H Royal Parade, Parkville
Free drinks and pizza after the talk
Prof David Story
Chair of Anaesthesia, The University of Melbourne
“Anaesthesia, the science of keeping you alive”

Anaesthesia is a medical speciality underpinned by many scientific foundations, with physiology (the science of body function) and pharmacology (the science of drugs) being central. Over the 150 years of clinical anaesthesia these foundation sciences have evolved as has the clinical science. In the 21st Century anaesthesia is better described as Perioperative Medicine (the clinical science of care before, during, and after surgery) with increasing focus on preparing patients for surgery and the helping them recover safely. Despite this, the central art and science of anaesthesia is keeping patients alive and well while surgeons operate.

Australian and New Zealand anaesthetists are world leaders in anaesthesia research. Our research has found that 20% of older patients have serious complications within a few days of surgery and 5% die within a month. Further, new studies suggest the effects of anaesthesia and surgery can last for months to years with many patients suffering persistent disability or pain or both. While there are many challenges, controlling inflammation at the time of surgery appears particularly important. A central theme is that the key to good perioperative care is individualized evidence based practice. Future care and research require collaboration between a variety of medical specialties and allied health professions.

We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series
Further Info: David Vaux  davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com<mailto:davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com>  9345 2941

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