APA Hot Topics

An archive of collated thoughts and comments on previous topics as well as an editorial  are available on each previous Hot Topic.

For more recent polls, the results can be viewed in the poll archive here.


Title Editorial Results
Is general anaesthesia essential in children undergoing lumbar punctures for paediatric oncology investigation and treatment? Hot Topic 36 Vote Now
Are paediatric post-op epidurals now a rod for our own back? Hot topic 35 Give people a fence, they may sit on it!
Should Parental Presence at induction be routine practice? Hot topic 34 Unsuprisingly most say yes, or are open to a discussion.

Should height be measured routinely as part of The paediatric preassessment?

Hot topic 33

Only 11% disagree😱

Can we safely administer caudal clonidine in day case anaesthesia? Hot Topic 32 Of course we can (78%)
Should ultrasound be routinely used for arterial line placement in children Hot Topic 31 67% say Yes Ultrasound WIns!

Should the use of ultrasound (u/s) be routine practice when performing caudal blocks?

Hot Topic 30 No sitting on the fence. 80% say NO
Is TIVA greener 🌳 ? Hot Topic 29 Its almost unanimous 79% think YES!🌎

Should serious risks of death and disability be discussed with all paediatric Patients?

Hot Topic 28

78% of you think NO. 

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Emergence Agitation: Is volatile-only anaesthesia a poor choice in children?

Hot Topic 27 Its close 47% think volatile only is ok🥈

Should we perform regional anaesthetic techniques on children after trauma?

Hot Topic 26

Yes wins 74% !! 🥇🥈🥉

Do you routinely do a Bromage score on all patients before epidural insertion?

Hot Topic 25 No wins 58% !! 🥇🥈🥉
Should Dexmedetomidine be used for paediatric procedural sedation? Hot Topic 24 🥇🥈🥉
Do you perform rapid sequence induction (RSI) in all emergencies? Hot topic 23 🥇🥈🥉
Should all children receive patient-controlled analgesia after laparoscopic appendicectomy? Hot topic 22  

Endotracheal Intubation or Laryngeal Mask Airway for Paediatric Adenotonsillectomy Surgery?

Hot topic 21  
What classes a paediatric anaesthetist? Hot topic 20  
Supraglottic airway device removal: awake vs deep Hot topic 19  
Should the anaesthetist obtain consent when a child undergoes an MRI scan? Hot topic 18  
Pre-assessment clinics Hot topic 17  
Oral Morphine TTO Hot topic 16  
Intubation without muscle relaxation Hot topic 15  
Airway for baby having MRI Hot topic 14  
Pre-op pregnancy testing (May 2017) Hot topic 13  
Drawing up suxamethonium before lists Hot topic 12 Results
Central venous access devices (Nov 2016) Hot topic 11  
Sickle cell disease Hot Topic 10  
Clonidine as an additive in caudals and nerve blocks Hot Topic 9  
Pre-operative oral carbohydrate fluids (2016) Hot Topic 8  
Pre-operative starvation (July 2015) Hot Topic 7  
Cuffed Endotracheal Tubes (June 2015) Hot Topic 6  
Premedication in children (May 2015) Hot Topic 5 Here
Blood transfusion triggers and therapeutic targets (Spring 2015) Hot Topic 4 Here
Residual Anaesthetic Drugs in Cannulae and Intravenous Lines (2014) Hot Topic 3 Here
The Difficult Airway Trolley (2014) Hot Topic 2  
Recovery position (2014) Hot Topic 1