Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Daniel Jolley


Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat Metabolism for Anesthesia and Critical Care

Metabolism is often considered a peripheral topic for anesthesia and critical care medicine. However a good understanding of metabolism and its clinical relevance is important both for managing the fasted surgical patient and for caring for the nutritional and metabolic needs of the critically ill.

This series of three videos is based upon talks given biannually to trainees from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists as they prepare for their Part 1 exams. While aimed at the anesthesia or critical care trainee, this metabolism series provides a good update for any anesthetist or anesthesiologist.

Extensive notes for these videos can be read here: Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat Metabolism Notes.

1. Metabolism Part 1: Concepts and Measurement.

[ 17 min ]

Part 1 focuses on general metabolism concepts, definitions and measurement.

2. Metabolism Part 2: Cellular Metabolism.

[ 23 min ]

In Part 2 we look at cellular metabolism and the specific metabolic pathways involved in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism.

3. Metabolism Part 3: Fasting, Starvation and Refeeding.

[ 13 min ]

Finally, Part 3 applies metabolism science to understand the effects of fasting, starvation and refeeding in a clinical context.


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About the Author

is an Australian consultant anaesthetist/anesthesiologist, with interests in anaesthesia education, obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia, and the practice of anaesthesia in remote and under-resourced environments. Daniel trained in Sydney, Darwin and Melbourne, and has worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Fiji and Mongolia. He is one of the founders of along with Brad O'Connor.

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