Four anaesthesia specialists at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Women’s Wellness and Research Center (WWRC) have contributed to a new international textbook containing case-based discussion on clinical issues in obstetric anaesthesia.
Titled ‘Obstetric Anaesthesiology’, the textbook will be used by both medical students and practising obstetric anaesthesiologists to increase their knowledge about routine and high-risk management of cases involving pregnant women with heart disease and other medical conditions such as pre-eclampsia.
WWRC Anaesthesiology Department staff who contributed to the textbook include Dr Roshan Fernando, senior consultant; Dr Mitko Kocarev, consultant; Dr Fatima Khatoon, consultant; and Dr Sikha Shastham Valappil, clinical fellow. Dr Fernando, who was the primary editor of the textbook said it will be a vital resource for clinicians dealing with the complex healthcare needs of pregnant patients, where care is tailored to the needs of two patients (mother and child).
“This textbook provides concise, case-based discussions on the clinical scenarios and challenges faced in the provision of anaesthesia and pain relief for expectant mothers. Written in the style of problem-based learning, each case is presented as a short scenario, followed by a discussion of the causes, risk factors, and management,” said Dr Fernando. “Obstetric anaesthesia or obstetric anaesthesiology is a sub-speciality of anaesthesiology that provides pain relief in the time before, during, and following childbirth, including anaesthesia for caesarean deliveries. This textbook’s concise format supports both trainee anaesthesiologists in their initial experiences of obstetrics and exam preparation, and experienced clinicians in need of a reliable, quick-reference text,” explained Dr Fernando.
Prof Marco Marcus, HMC’s chairman of anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Unit, and Perioperative Medicine said the textbook will be useful for practising obstetric anaesthesiologists working on delivery wards and in operating theatres around the world. “As one of the leading public healthcare providers in the region, we are proud of the achievements of our anaesthesiologists for their successful contribution to this textbook.
This highlights our position as an academic medical centre and shines a light on our ability to work in partnerships that integrate education, research, and clinical practice towards further improving our high-quality services for each and every one of our patients,” said Prof Marcus.
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