Journal article

A survey of the choice of general anaesthetic agents in Australia and New Zealand

Forbes McGain, Jason R Bishop, Laura M Elliot-Jones, David A Story, Georgina LL Imberger

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019


Strategies to reduce the adverse environmental costs of anaesthesia include choice of agent and fresh gas flows. The current preferences of Australian and New Zealand anaesthetists are unknown. We conducted a survey of Australian and New Zealand anaesthetists to determine the use of volatiles, nitrous oxide and intravenous anaesthesia, lowest fresh gas flow rates, automated end-tidal volatile control, and the rationales for these choices. The survey was answered by 359/1000 (36%), although not all questions and multiple responses within single questions were answered by all respondents. Sevoflurane was preferred by 246/342 (72%, 95% confidence interval (CI) 67%–77%), followed by propofol, 54..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Karen Goulding, ANZCA Clinical Trials Network manager for assistance in managing the survey. They also thank the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for funding the Australian national volatile use data sourced from the company IQVIA.