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History of Anaesthesia

History of Anaesthesia

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Acknowledgement To Dr David Spiteri, consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care, whose insight into the first drafts of this article proved invaluable for its fruitful completion. Introduction The quest to abolish pain of surgery proved beyond reach for centuries.1 Surgery sorely tested the patients' endurance, the hospital assistants brute strength to hold them down and, above all, the surgeon's dexterity and speed. The faster the surgeon, the better. Mikiel'Ang Grima, resident surgeon at the Sacra Infermeria in Valletta from 1763 to 1797, was renown for carrying out some major operations in under three minutes.2 Anaesthesia then developed through the coincidental and disparate efforts of contentious pioneers who often became victims of their own discoveries. The hospital of t...
Intensive Care

Intensive Care

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Information for relatives of patients in Intensive Care Unit Introduction Admission to Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) Visiting the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) Infection control Looking after yourself Going to the ward The death of a loved one List of terms Bibliography Introduction: This general guide aims to give practical support and information to relatives of patients who have been admitted to the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU). ITU can be known as Intensive Care Unit or Critical Care Unit. An Intensive Care Unit is specifically staffed and equipped to provide care for patients suffering from life-threatening or potentially life-threatening illnesses and conditions. Sometimes beds in ITU can also be used to offer high dependency care, for those patients w...