Tutorial of the Week


Welcome to Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW), a weekly web-based tutorial run by the WFSA. Our aim is to support anaesthesia training, particularly in the developing world where access to anaesthesia education is often limited. Anyone however, is welcome to use our materials. You may either view Tutorials on line, or receive them by email. If you wish to receive tutorials by email, please send your details (name, hospital, country and email address to [email protected])

If you would like to contribute a Tutorial to ATOTW, please contact [email protected] who will arrange contact with the editor for the particular area covered by your suggestion. All Tutorials will be peer reviewed by at least one expert.

If you are authoring a tutorial, please use the links in the “downloads” section at the bottom of this page to download the formatting guide and template document.  There is also an author declaration form which should be completed before submission.

Once a Tutorial has appeared on the website, it may be downloaded by checking through our archive. TOTW will cover a number of topics, and will be presented in a variety of styles. We are publishing to present a learning package that is practical for all readers. Topics are divided into general anaesthesia, obstetrics, paediatrics, regional, intensive care, pain medicine and basic science. Suggestions for topics are welcome.

Copyright and re-distribution

WFSA ATOTW is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License:


Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC


This allows you to copy, distribute and display our tutorials and make derivative works based on them providing you give the original author credit and you do not use this work for commercial purposes.  To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.

It is the goal of WFSA ATOTW to support learning in anaesthesia across the globe.  We encourage you to  link to our tutorials and share or distribute them via any means providing you respect the terms above.

ATOTW on mobile devices

All of the tutorials may be downloaded in pdf format (see link at the bottom of each tutorial). You may transfer these pdf files to your handheld device and thus view the TOTW on the move by using any pdf viewer.   You may find that your tutorials (particularly images which may have been compressed) display better if you have the latest version.

The website has now been optimised for mobile phone internet browsers and tutorials should be viewable on these devices.

We are developing a smartphone app for viewing and storing tutorials on your device.  A link will be placed here when it is available.

ATOTW archive

Click here to access our ATOTW archive. After the ATOTW has been displayed on this resource, it will be stored on our archive page for your reference.  Tutorials can be listed in chronological or alphabetical order by selecting the different options in the “order by:” box in the top right corner when the archive is displayed.  The list of tutorials may also be narrowed down to one of our specialty sections (General, Paediatric, Critical care, Obstetric, Regional/Pain, Basic Science) by selecting the relevant section in the box at the bottom left of the screen.

ATOTW Editorial Board

  • Matt Doane (Australia)
  • Will English (UK)
  • Gillian Foxall (UK)
  • Richard Hughes (UK) [Editor-in-Chief]
  • Donald Johnson (Australia)
  • John Kinnear (UK)
  • Nina Loughman (Australia)
  • Niraj Niranjan (UK)
  • Gerry Lynch (UK)
  • Bruce McCormick (UK)
  • Nolan McDonnell (Australia)
  • Michael Neil (UK)
  • Andrew Pittaway (USA)
  • Robert Price (UK)
  • Sarah Rawlinson (UK)
  • Matthew Rucklidge (UK)
  • Kim Russon (UK)
  • Adam Skinner (Australia)
  • Isabeau Walker (UK)
  • Katrina Webster (Australia)
  • Iain Wilson (UK)



ATOTW tutorial template_2013

ATOTW Author declaration and checklist 2013