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Formally endorsed and supported by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

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Used by the European Society of Anaesthesiology for its web based operating room crisis checklists.


Checklist use shown to improve physician performance in simulated crisis management.

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Printed on a waterproof & tear resistant synthetic card, easily wiped clean.

The Anaesthetic Crisis Manual

The Anaesthetic Crisis Manual (The ACM) was first published in 2011 and is a collection of 32 potentially life threatening crises that anaesthetists manage in everyday practice.

Based on the cockpit QRH (quick reference handbook) used in the airline industry, and using CRM (crew resource management) principles developed for aviation safety, the ACM brings tried and tested checklist instruction to the field of Patient Safety.

Using accepted national and international resuscitation guidelines, as well as input from anaesthetic special interest groups, the ACM is presented in highly functional, robust and fluid resistant material, ideal for the operating room environment.

Consisting of both a Crisis Protocol section, which provides a checklist of tasks to complete when the diagnosis is known, and a Crisis Prevention section for troubleshooting before a crisis develops, the ACM provides concise, clear and simply worded instructions for use by any health professional leading or assisting in crisis management.

The ACM has been both endorsed and extensively referenced by the European Society of Anaesthesiology in the creation of their website based operating room crisis checklists, consistent with the goals of the 2010 Helsinki Declaration for Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology. It was ‘Highly Commended’ in the BMA 2012 Medical Book Awards and is endorsed by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

The ACM V2 includes updated guidelines, additional protocols, a new coloured format and protective plastic covers. At a new hardcopy price of only $45 (eBook $19.95) there is good reason to have this patient safety initiative present in all anaesthetising locations as well as the briefcase.

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  • I would recommend a copy of this volume for every resident call room and the top of every code cart in the  intensive care unit.

    Richard P. Dutton, MD, Anesthesia Quality Institute, Park Ridge IL
  • The ACM is my go to book to help me study for emergencies I may encounter in the OR. Thank you for producing such a clear, concise, and easy to use product.

    Robert Fabich, RN, BSN, SRNA CPT, USA USAGPAN
  • I could see this book living on the side of the machine or in the briefcase of those whose practice involves a number of different locations.

    J. T. Moloney, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • It is a well presented book in an easily accessible format, most appropriate for use in the clinical setting.

    Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Quality and Safety Committee
  • This concept is a great step forward for our profession in providing safe and effective care for all our patients, and we owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Borshoff for helping us along this path.

    Michael F. Mulroy, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle WA
  • This book is amazing! It fulfills what Joe Novak was talking about on EMCrit Podcast ; this is the manual you want in the OR/OT after you go through the unexpected. Waterproof, unrippable, and easy to find the crucial info you need–good stuff.

    Emcrit Website , for Critical Care, Resuscitation and Trauma Physicians
  • The Anesthetic Crisis Manual is a practical well-organized resource that provides a reasonable source of information for management of the most common emergencies in anesthesia.

    D. Finegan, J. M. Davies, , Canadian Journal Anaesthesia 2014
  • They say you should not judge a book by its cover, but in this case it meets those high expectations and does exactly what it says on the tin….

    Life in the fast lane , Website for Critical Care Physicians and Nurses

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