Introducing Anaesthesia

Paul Greig; Nicholas Crabtree

Introducing Anaesthesia is a must-have guide for new trainees beginning their specialty training in anaesthesia. It clearly explains the basics of anaesthetics including scientific principles, pharmacology and clinical practice as well as how to deal with common emergencies. The content addresses what a trainee needs to learn in the first three to six months of specialty training and maps to the Royal College of Anaesthetists' Initial Assessment of Competency. Designed to provide structured support and learning, Introducing Anaesthesia builds confidence via the inclusion of diagrams and videos which demonstrate techniques and competencies. Clearly written and focused on the initial hurdles which all newcomers to anaesthesia need to overcome, this is an indispensible guide to the the principles and techniques required for trainees to anaesthetize patients on their own and to pass workbased assessments. This book is ideal for new anaesthetic trainees and for those responsible for their training, mentoring and assessment.Trainees in acute medicine and emergency medicine who need to gain experience in anaesthetics as well as nurses and operating department practitioners will find this text very useful.


1. Anaesthetic equipment
2. Anaesthetic pharmacology
3. Planning for general anaesthesia
4. Routine induction of general anaesthesia
5. The rapid sequence induction
6. Central neuraxial blockade
7. Emergency drills
Appendix 1 - Glossary
Appendix 2 - Answers to self-assessment questions


Paul Greig Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford, MBChB BSc FRCA. Paul completed his anaesthetics training in 2012 after which he was appointed as a Clinical Research Fellow with the University of Oxford where he now combines clinical work with academic research and teaching. Paul is based in the Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research Centre (a part of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences), and has taught on a wide variety of courses provided by the centre. His particular interests are in the areas of human factors and non-technical skills, resuscitation, and airway management. He teaches candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds in medicine and the allied professions, and is involved both with the design and delivery of courses. He is currently working in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Experimental Psychology.; Dr. Nick Crabtree Consultant Anaesthetist, honorary senior clinical lecturer, Lead for the Simulation Research Programme, Oxford, MBChB FRCA PGCertMedEd Nick was appointed a consultant in anaesthesia in 2009 and enjoys the clinical challenges of colorectal, emergency and trauma anaesthesia. He completed a fellowship in simulation and medical education at St. Michaels' Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada. Nick set up and runs an advanced training module in simulation and medical education for senior anaesthetic trainees wishing to develop an interest in this area. He is course director for Anaesthetic Crisis Resource Management, Train the Trainer and Anaesthetic Assistants.