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Purpose
The reason for this site's existence

There is an increasing trend towards cutting costs for hospital stays and admissions. In the process, many people are now being admitted for an operation on the day of surgery and discharged on the same day wherever possible. While there are certain merits to this approach there are also some obvious disadvantages. There is limited time for people to see and to be seen prior to surgery. While every effort is made to see patients pre-operatively for a thorough clinical assessment, time constraints may make this occur very close to the time of surgery. Often this limits the ability to adequately address patient's concerns and, if pre-medication has been chosen to be used, limits the time a patient will be pre-medicated prior to surgery. This can lead to unnecessary anxiety for the patient which can make the experience more unpleasant than it should be. This web site at least addresses the most common concerns about anaesthesia and hopefully will alleviate a lot of that anxiety and can make the time before surgery more productive by allowing much more directed questions about the patient's main concerns.

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Design
How this site was created

The plan was to create a site that was visually appealing, easy to read and had information that was easy to find - these are the goals of any site design. The website slashdot.org was used for layout inspiration. A major concern I had in creating this site was that it should be visible to anyone with internet access. As I personally have an interest in Linux I was also keen for this site to be viewable using any operating system. To do this I wanted to minimise the difference in appearance of the site over a wide range of different web browsers and screen resolutions. First, the site was designed to conform to the latest HTML (HyperText Markup Language) specifications as set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). No frames, java, javascript, activeX or plugins are required to view this site. Tables have been used throughout the site, though, to make the layout dynamic and cascading style sheets have been used to cope with different colour and size browsers. Any images added to the site are not vital to understanding the information so text browsers can be used. Using the GIMP all images have been compressed as much as is possible to minimise load time, have thumbnails where appropriate and are interlaced (visible before they finish loading). The site was hand coded using a simple text editor to be as optimised as possible. The machine was my home computer running Linux-Mandrake 7.2

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The author
Some information about myself and contact details.

At the time of writing this web site I was completing my final year of training in Anaesthesia. I was working as an anaesthetic registrar based at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. I am married to my wonderful wife Despina who is an engineer and we both reside in Melbourne, Australia. This web site was designed both as a formal project for the college of Anaesthetists and out of interest. I am an avid computer user, gnu/linux and electronic free speech advocate. Comments and questions can be directed to aip@kolivas.org.

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Disclaimer
What this site isn't

This site was not designed to be a comprehensive reference. It is meant only as a guide for what often happens in Australian practice and most developed nations. It is also quite general rather than specific because practice is constantly evolving and differs from anaesthetist to anaesthetist, hospital to hospital, state to state and country to country. I have tried wherever possible to avoid giving opinions. The few opinions expressed within this site are those of the author only and do not represent any department, hospital or other body. The author cannot be held liable for the information presented, and this information comes with no guarantee of any kind.

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Credits
Who I absolutely must thank

My inspiration is my wife Despina and I have to give credit to my friends Matthew Hull for web site critique, Matthew Miller for layman proof-reading, and Dr Rowan Thomas for professional proof-reading and assistance.

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Copyright
Copyright notice

Copyright 2001 Con Kolivas
Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article is permitted in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

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