Anaesthesiology

Sterility of Anaesthetic Equipment and Work Surfaces

Supervisor

Matthew Moore
Alan Merry

Discipline

Anaesthesiology

Project code: MHS005

The student will investigate the sterility of anaesthetic equipment and work surfaces as the day progresses. Experience culturing microorganisms will be important.

They’re more like guidelines anyway: testing New Zealand and Australian anaesthesia providers’ knowledge of guidelines for key aseptic practices.

Supervisor

Dr Derryn Gargiulo
Professor Alan Merry

Discipline

Anaesthesiology

Project code: MHS123

Postoperative infection is a serious problem in New Zealand, and internationally, with considerable human and financial costs. To date, most efforts to reduce postoperative infection have focused on surgical aspects of care and on antibiotic prophylaxis, but recent research shows that anaesthesia providers may also have an impact on infection transmission.

You will investigate anaesthesia providers’ knowledge of key anaesthetic practices and compare these to the current guidelines from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). Your work will include interviews with clinicians – some via ZOOM or Skype and may involve visits to operating theatres in Auckland. This project would suit a student from the health science disciplines.

Skills learnt:
• Literature review and critical appraisal
• Data collection including semi-structured interviewing
• Statistical analysis
• Oral presentation skills
• Preparation of a report/publication – medical writing