This panel discussion is an honest and challenging look at blood pressure management. Questions include but are not limited to: How should practitioners maintain blood pressure in patients and where is the threshold? How much precaution is inspired by eminence rather than actual evidence? What is the best and safest way to attenuate sympathetic responses intraoperatively? If harmful hypotension occurs between induction and incision should we refuse to induce anaesthesia until the surgeon is scrubbed and ready? If we had better, more specific or sensitive ways to monitor tissue perfusion rather than blood pressure and now – almost discounted – urine output, would this lead to better care? Is it the case that minimally invasive cardiac output technology may be of much greater value in the ward than in theatre?

Presented by Desiree Chappell with Monty Mythen and Dr Simon Davies, Consultant Anaesthetist at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with Timothy Miller, Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology from Duke University Medical Centre.