Highlights from the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology

By Alana Flexman, MD, FRCPC
SNACC Representative to the JNA Editorial Board

Alana Flexman, MD, FRCC

Alana Flexman, MD, FRCPC

As the official journal of SNACC, the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology has a long history of publishing original and review articles relevant to the SNACC membership. Dr. Martin Smith, the Editor-in-Chief, has shared some highlights with us from the upcoming July 2018 issue:

  • Dr. Andy Kofke provides a colourful commentary (something about moving cheese?) on an interesting review on the evolution and adherence to subarachnoid hemorrhage guidelines by Gritti et al1;
  • Artime et al2 report increased patient satisfaction with regularly scheduled acetaminophen after craniotomy despite similar pain scores and opioid consumption;
  • Athiraman et al3 found good outcome after general anesthesia for endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke was predicted by higher intra-procedural end-tidal carbon dioxide and early extubation;
  • A small study by Soh et al 4 did not find evidence of improved lung function with use of a lung protective ventilation strategy in prone spine surgery;
  • Finally, Dr. Martin Smith’s own editorial thanks the high quality reviewers that support the JNA editorial process. Anyone interested in acting as a peer reviewer please contact Dr. Smith directly at


  1. Gritti P, Akeju O, Lorini FL, Lanterna LA, Brembilla C, Bilotta F. A Narrative Review of Adherence to Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Guidelines. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2017.
  2. Artime CA, Aijazi H, Zhang H, Syed T, Cai C, Gumbert SD, Ferrario L, K CN, Williams GW, Hagberg CA. Scheduled Intravenous Acetaminophen Improves Patient Satisfaction With Postcraniotomy Pain Management: A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind Study. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2017.
  3. Athiraman U, Sultan-Qurraie A, Nair B, Tirschwell DL, Ghodke B, Havenon AD, Hallam DK, Kim LJ, Becker KJ, Sharma D. Endovascular Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke Under General Anesthesia: Predictors of Good Outcome. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2017.
  4. Soh S, Shim JK, Ha Y, Kim YS, Lee H, Kwak YL. Ventilation With High or Low Tidal Volume With PEEP Does Not Influence Lung Function After Spinal Surgery in Prone Position: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2017.

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