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Just a Routine Operation

The Story of Martin Bromiley

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Just a Routine Operation

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In Just A Routine Operation Martin Bromiley talks about his experience of losing his wife during a routine anaesthetic and his hopes for making a change to practice in healthcare. 


It has been essential viewing for critical care specialists for many years now.  


This film was produced by thinkpublic for the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Just a Routine Operation

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Duration: 14 mins

The film 'Just a Routine Operation' has now been in circulation for many years. When a system is designed and introduced with the intention of making a change to clinical practice, it can quickly become just another component of an organisation's architecture and complacency around its use can develop.


Max's Story

Max McKenzie was an otherwise healthy teenager, but died from hypoxic brain injury sustained during food anaphylaxis related bronchospasm. He was talented, happy and loved, with so much to offer to our society over the next 70 years. His death was a tragedy causing unimaginable pain for his family and the broader community. He died in Victoria, Australia in 2021 in a metropolitan, well-equipped hospital. Max entered health care with normal oxygen levels alert and he was able to ask for help in an articulate way. Inadequate emergency health care resulted in Max sustaining unsurvivable brain injury. This site is dedicated to ensuring critical care clinicians, including paramedics, are equipped to maintain a specialist standard of care for emergency management of anaphylaxis and other causes of catastrophic bronchospasm.

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Our videos are aimed at informing and teaching best-practice techniques for critical care clinicians in Anaphylaxis and Asthma resuscitation. 

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