Journal Watch

I hope you find that this Journal Watch is useful and will direct your journal reading when there are many to choose from and we all seem to be becoming more stretched for time.

SPANZA thanks all contributing writers from each centre and Catherine Olweny for taking on the role of ‘executive editor’ in 2011 to get the project up and running, and to Robyn Maina for taking over in 2019.


International Journal Watch

SPANZA Journal Watch was recognised as a great initiative, and APAGBI thought that it would be a great thing for them to adopt.  SPANZA is now working with APAGBI to create the ‘International Journal Watch’.

CLICK HERE to go to the APAGBI Journal Watch site.

Journal Watch Search

Hypoxemia in Young Children Undergoing One-lung Ventilation: A Retrospective Cohort Study.

One lung ventilation in children remains a specialised practice in children performed by either endobronchial intubation or use of a bronchial blocker. With low case numbers, assessment of best practice is difficult. This retrospective cohort study interrogated data from a large multicentre cohort of children (aged 2 months to 3 years) undergoing one-lung ventilation for non-cardiac procedures. Investigators analysed 306 cases across 15 sites looking at factors that influenced likelihood of hypoxaemia during one-lung ventilation, primarily the relationship between lung isolation technique and incidence of hypoxaemia.

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Neonatal resuscitation: current evidence and guidelines

This article serves as a review of neonatal resuscitation guidelines which may be of interest to the obstetric anaesthetist involved in the care of newborns at the time of birth.

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Population pharmacokinetics of oxycodone: Premature neonates to adults.

This is a pooled data study to describe oxycodone pharmacokinetics in premature neonates to adults, when administered via intravenous, nasogastric, buccal and epidural routes. The study also assessed the impact of body composition on oxycodone pharmacokinetics.

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Behavioral changes after hospital discharge in preschool children experiencing emergence delirium after general anesthesia: A prospective observational study.

The study looks specifically at whether the experience of emergence agitation after anaesthesia in small children will lead to deteriorating behaviour a week post-operatively. This is a fraught area: we know post-operative behavioural regression is a real phenomenon, but ascertaining which factors in the peri-operative journey contribute can be complex. Pre-existing anxiety, pain, prolonged admissions and a departure from usual routines will all factor into a child experiencing behavioural regression after surgery.

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