Cervical Spine Injury: Immobilisation and Airway Management

This is a copy of the slides I used during a talk I gave at the Grand Rounds Presentation of the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This (updated) talk was designed to provide an update for anaesthetists in the management of acute spinal cord injury, with a particular focus on cervical spine trauma. I have focused particularly on the evidence (or lack of it) relating to spinal immobilisation techniques and how to safely undertake tracheal intubation in the patient who has proven, or suspected, cervical spine instability.

The pdf of my presentation can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

SCI Canada 2017



Traumatic Brain Injury Management in the ED

This is a handout designed to supplement a talk I gave at the NACCSGBI ASM in London, 2017. The full programme of the meeting can be found here.

This talk was designed to provide an update for anaesthetists in the management of traumatic brain injury with a particular focus on management within the emergency department.

The pdf of my summary document can be downloaded by clicking the link below:


This summary of an earlier talk may also be of value and it discusses the value of spinal immobilisation in trauma.

NACCS SCI Update 2016

STH Consultant CPD Updates: Neurosurgery

This is the summary of the PowerPoint presentations from this month’s consultant CPD teaching programme.

This month’s session provided an update on neuroanaesthesia in line with the Royal College of Anaesthetists Matrix.

The following topics were covered by local neuroanaesthetists, namely Dr George Eapen, Dr Ajay Raithatha and Dr Matt Wiles. The aim was to give an overview of anaesthesia for emergent neurosurgery in terms of management of cervical spine injury, acute CVA and the trauma craniotomy. Please click the link for a copy of the presentations.