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ANZCA – Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), which includes the Faculty of Pain Medicine, serves the community by fostering safety and high quality patient care in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine. ANZCA is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation.

The work of ANZCA includes setting the practice standards, training and continuing education of specialist anaesthetists, and supporting research that provides the evidence underpinning safety and standards.

Formed in 1998, the College’s Faculty of Pain Medicine is the first multidisciplinary medical academy in the world to be devoted to education and training in pain medicine. The Faculty has a history of engagement with the community, particularly through its contribution to the National Pain Strategy and its membership of Painaustralia. The Faculty seeks to reduce the burden of pain in society through the work of its Fellows and its role in advocacy and research.

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Fasting - ANZCA

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Epidurals and childbirth

Regional anaesthesia (epidural, combined spinal-epidural or spinal) is used in approximately one third of labouring women.

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Smoking and anaesthesia - ANZCA

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Blood transfusions - ANZCA

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Different kinds of anaesthesia - ANZCA

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Spinal and epidural block

The terms “regional anaesthesia" “spinal block" and “epidural block" are often used interchangeably. This is incorrect. Both spinal and epidural block are subsets of regional anesthetic

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Risks and complications

While Australia and New Zealand are among the safest nations in the world in which to have anaesthesia, receiving multiple medications and altering normal human body function carries risks, some of which may be potentially life threatening.

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Duration of Anaesthesia

How long will the local anaesthetic effect last? This depends on the type of local anaesthetic used and the region of the body into which it is injected.

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Herbal and dietary supplements

The use of herbal medicines is common. Herbal medicine is defined as a plant-derived product used for medicinal and health purposes; commonly used herbal supplements include echinacea, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St John’s wort and valerian.

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