About us

Welcome to the Cochrane Anaesthesia, Critical, and Emergency Care (ACE)

We are part of  Cochrane which is an international not-for-profit independent organization, dedicated to making up-to date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. We produce and disseminate systematic reviews of healthcare interventions in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, intensive care medicine, emergency medicine, prehospital medicine and resuscitation. 

The first informational meeting was held during the European Society of Anaesthesiologists' Annual Meeting in Barcelona (April 1998), followed by informational meetings in Orlando during the American Society of Anesthesiologists' annual meeting (1998) and at the Cochrane Colloquium in Baltimore (October 1998). The exploratory meeting was held in Amsterdam (May, 1999) and Cochrane Anaesthesia, Critical, and Emergency Care Group was registered within the Cochrane on February 8, 2000.

We would welcome your help and participation through writing reviews; peer reviewing, statistical editing, hand searching journals or translating articles. Please contact us if you wish to contribute in anyway to the work of ACE.  

Please read our latest  Annual Report 2015

Interested in updating an ACE review?

We have a number of reviews that need updating. Please contact Jane Cracknell if you would be interested in updating a review for ACE. Please be aware that ACE requires that each review team consists of a content specialist, methodologist and a statistician, and that at least one author should have prior experience of performing systematic reviews or meta-analysis. Please also be aware that we require that at least one author be proficient in written English. This person should be responsible for writing the protocol and review. 

Priority Topics 

Anaesthesia

  1. Agents for anaesthesia
  2. Regional anaesthesia
  3. Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV)
  4. Acute Pain

Critical Care

  1. Sepsis 
  2. Ventilatory Supportive Care
  3. Delirium/Cognitive Dysfunction 
  4. Intensive care triage

Emergency Care

  1. Pre Hospital Medicine
  2. Resuscitation
  3. Emergency Medical Services
  4. Triage