Helpful crib sheets for anaesthesia

A-Z Cribsheets by condition – click to download JPEGs

These crib sheets are for reference only, produced using information from BJA education articles, relevant guidelines and published papers as well as anecdotal advice. Always check your local policies and follow local guidelines and protocols.

For intensive care medicine, Dr Nick Mark in Seattle, USA, has made a really useful resource called ‘ICU One Pager’, available here. These are similar to the one page crib sheets on the Anaesthetic Room, but these are targeted at ICU trainees.

The Cribsheets are useful teaching tools when you are on a list or during ICU ward rounds, and can be useful if you are looking after someone with myotonic dystrophy for the first time in a long time!

Let us know if you would like another crib sheet on a topic that is not yet on here, or if you spot an error or omission. We are always updating our content!

anaesthetic ‘recipes’
Emergency ‘recipes’


  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Variceal bleeding
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Coeliac disease
  • Bowel cancer
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Spleen disorders
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Hernias
  • Epilepsy
  • Learning difficulties
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumours
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Guillain Barre syndrome
  • Myotonic dystrophy
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Dementia
  • Delirium
  • Acromegaly
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Patients on dialysis
  • Renal transplant
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Paediatric obstructive uropathy

  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease
  • Systemic lupus erythematous (SLE)
  • Vasculitis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Gout
  • Inflammatory arthritis including psoriatic
  • Scoliosis
  • Epidural analgesia
  • Non-neuraxial analgesia
  • Combined spinal epidural analgesia
  • Preeclampsia
  • Liver disease of pregnancy
  • Rhesus antibodies
  • Placenta disorders
  • IUFD
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Twin pregnancy
  • Endometriosis
  • Fertility treatments
  • Pelvic floor surgery
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Phaeochromocytoma
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Addison’s disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Pituitary disease
  • Obesity/bariatrics

  • Anaemia
  • Leukaemia
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thrombocytopaenia
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Clotting disorders
  • VTE/PE