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Research in the Department of Anaesthesia

Te Tari Mātai Rehunga – Rangahau

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  • A clinical trial with 54 patients looked at the pain threshold and tolerance. This was measured by the Cold Pressor Test as a predictor of prolonged pain outcomes. This has been completed, and is being written up at present.
  • An observational study looking at the Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is taking place at present. This involves physiotherapists from all over the South Island of New Zealand.


  • The Peri-operative Analgesic Requirements and Quality of Recovery
  • The Influence of surgery on sevoflurane brain levels and awakening from anaesthesia

Multi-national studies

  • The Nerve Block Study studies patients pain & recovery after a nerve block
  • The BALANCED Study looks at depth of anaesthesia and whether anaesthetic depth has an important effect on surgical outcome

Intensive Care

  • Metabolism and glycaemic control
  • Cardiovascular dysfunction and its diagnosis and treatment
  • Pulmonary mechanics and management of mechanical ventilation
  • Kidney injury in Critical Illness (with Christchurch Kidney Research Group)