Anaesthesia for Humanitarian and Austere Environments

This module was developed with support from e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) and the International programme of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. It provides an introduction to the differences that anaesthetists find between working in the UK and in resource poor environments. In addition to essential information, it provides practical tips on adapting knowledge and skills to different working environments, limited resources and unfamiliar equipment. It is suitable for any anaesthetist who is either considering work in a resource poor environment or intending to undertake pre-deployment training with an international emergency medical team.

The module is also available on the e-LfH Hub within e-Learning Anaesthesia. Users registered with e-LA may prefer to access the sessions through the Hub where their activity will be recorded and from which they can produce a certificate of completion of the module for inclusion in their learning/cpd portfolio.

Click here for direct access to the sessions on the e-LfH Hub. You will need to login using your usual username and password for e-LA.


Roles and interactions of the different global health organisations
Setup, use and simple maintenance of common drawover circuits, oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders
Use of agents not commonly used in UK practice, especially halothane and ketamine
The issues involved in dealing with major trauma
Issues of obstetric anaesthesia in the developing world focussing on where management may differ from the UK
Considerations for anaesthesia and periop care of the paediatric population in low resource settings
Recognition and management of some common infectious diseases seen in low resource settings
Including preoperative optimisation, pain management, physiotherapy, nutrition and critical care
Procedures and precautions that the anaesthetist may be responsible for and need to be undertaken
Scenarios considering some of the difficulties and dilemmas that anaesthetists may face in the field
Any comments or suggestions?
Article by Dr Rachael Craven on The UK International Emergency Register
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