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‘Exciting’ experiment sees Montreal doctors use webcams to administer anaesthesia to patients in Italy


As the 20 patients in Pisa, Italy, waited to undergo thyroid surgery, they descended into unconsciousness thanks to a cocktail of anaesthetic drugs delivered from a surprising destination. The infusion machines in Pisa were controlled remotely by specialists in Montreal, a unique experiment in “transcontinental anaesthesia” that could eventually make operations safer in isolated communities, a new study indicates. The McGill University doctors adjusted doses of drugs, monitored vital signs, watched the patient on webcams and even guided the breathing tube into place, linked to Italy via laptop computers and the Internet.

The procedures went off without a hitch, researchers…

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 ‘Exciting’ experiment sees Montreal doctors use webcams to administer anaesthesia to patients in Italy

More than just an intriguing display of modern technology in the operating room, the system could one day be employed in remote parts of Canada or the developing world, where anaesthesia is often now handled by non-specialists, said Dr. Thomas Hemmerling, the McGill professor who spearheaded the study.

Association of Anaesthetists

The Association represents the interests of a very considerable majority of anaesthetists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and, through its overseas membership, has close contact with many other countries.

Ophthalmic Anesthesia Society

The purpose of the Ophthalmic Anesthesia Society is to ensure that the highest quality anesthesia care is provided to patients undergoing cataract and other ophthalmic surgical procedures.

Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia

The educational activities of SAMBA foster the continuing professional development of healthcare providers. The offerings are intended to enhance physician and other healthcare professionals' training and performance for the purpose of improving health delivery and educational outcomes.

Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anaesthesia

The Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anaesthesia (SOBA) is a society for professionals concerned with the perioperative care of obese patients SOBA aims to provide a forum for all practitioners with an interest in the care of obese patients to communicate as well as exchange information and other relevant data. It will also provide a voice for those working with obese patients, and specialists in the bariatric field, representing their views and interests.

Society for Pediatric Anesthesia

The purpose of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia is to continually advance the safety and quality of anesthetic care, perioperative management, and alleviation of pain in children.

Trauma Anesthesiology Society

Since our Society was founded in 2010 our mission has been to enhance the art and science of trauma anesthesiology and related fields though education and research. To accomplish this mission, TAS has instituted several initiatives. We publish a monthly editorial on this site addressing topics of current

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

The objectives of the WFSA are to make available the highest standards of anesthesia, pain treatment, trauma management and resuscitation to all peoples of the world. These goals are achieved through the work of the WFSA standing committees.

American Society of Anesthesiologists

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association with 43,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is the premier organization that addresses the clinical and professional educational needs of physicians and scientists.

Australian Society of Anaesthetists

The ASA effectively promotes and protects the status, independence and best interests of Australian anaesthetists with its principal foci being the economic, workforce and professional interests of anaesthetists.

Canadian Anaesthesiologists Society

"Canadian anesthesiologists: specialist physicians in peri-operative medicine, critical care and pain management" is the Society's positioning signature. The organization's mission statement is "The Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society is dedicated to the advancement of the medical practice of anesthesia through research, education and excellence in patient care."

Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society

The Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society (CPAS) is the organization that represents pediatric anesthesiologists in Canada. CPAS interacts with the broader Canadian Anesthesia community through its role as the Pediatric Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society. Incorporated in 2004, CPAS had its roots in a series of anesthesia meetings initially held in Atlantic Canada.

European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists

The aim of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists is to be a forum in Europe for international scientific discussions and exchange of ideas in the field of cardiothoracic anaesthesia and related topics and to promote education and development in this field.

European Society for Paediatric Anaesthesiology

The ESPA aims to provide a variety of services to anaesthesiologists involved in paediatric anaesthesia, including coordination the organisation of an annual international congress on paediatric anaesthesia by local organisations, establishing guidelines on the training, organisation and practice of paediatric anaesthesia and acting as a centre of expertise for paediatric anaesthesiology.

European Society of Regional Anaesthesia

The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia is a specialized association that brings together anesthesiologists and other physicians and scientists who are engaged in the techniques of regional anaesthesia for surgery, obstetrics and pain control.

International Anaesthesia Research Society

The goal of the IARS CME activities is to disseminate current, state-of-the art basic and clinical research data, as well as the newest advances in all areas of clinical anesthesia care, including perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management.

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