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Anaesthetic Record Cards


In military hospitals the anaesthetic records of operations were almost invariably written up into the general records which sat on the anaesthetic trolley during operations. They then followed the patient back to the ward.   Any post operative anaesthetic follow up was added to the patients notes when they were visited by the anaesthetist. The notes finally ended up in the hospital records department.

In effect for all practical purposes they were "lost" as far as any statistical analysis of anaesthetic technique or outcome was concerned.
Latterly, in the time that I was at BMH Rinteln, my anaesthetic consultant Charlie Davies  introduced me to a system of Nosworthy Record Cards which could be used at the time of operation and then punched out so they could be sorted with a knitting needle; a primitive data sorting system.
I took a supply to Salalah and used them to record each and every anaesthetic procedure. They have formed the basis for my record of the clinical activity of 55FST during that period.

The list of operatio
ns on the anaesthetic cards do not match those in the operating theatre book. This is because some operations were done under local anaesthetic and not all of the five anaesthetics given by the "mumps" anaesthetist were included.

Joe and I considered long and whether or not we should publish names and came to the conclusion that for historical completeness we should. We did decide to make an exception for those members of BATT who as well as having poor dentition prefer to keep a long term low profile.

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Anaesthetic Cards