oa South African Medical Journal - The teaching of anaesthesia to interns*



*Any system of practical anaesthetic teaching should allow the student firstly to observe and question his teacher, secondly to administer anaesthetics while under his supervision and then to administer anaesthetics without supervision. The most important factor of all, however, is that after the student has administered anaesthetics on his own, he should have the facilities for returning to his original teacher and to be able to discuss with him his difficulties in the light of the experience he has acquired. The various anresthetic agents and methods of administration which are taught to interns, are stated. The common worries and difficulties of the intern with regard to anresthesia are outlined. A special mention is made of the apnoeic patient. A suggestion is made that the teaching schools are not confining their instruction to the simple methods of anaesthesia and the basic essentials of anresthetic procedure. It is possible that the anresthetic death rate, which is far too high, might well be reduced if this were done.


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