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Abbas Ratansi

Lecturer Practitioner
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Difficult Airway Management , Perioperative Care

Abbas joined ARU which is his alma mater, after nearly two decades in clinical practice as an Operating Department Practitioner where he was a Senior ODP. Alongside his teaching commitments at ARU, he continues to practice clinically to maintain currency and his skills within the field.

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Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, Abbas has been providing skilled perioperative care for elective and emergency adult and paediatric patients in a wide range of specialities including trauma and orthopaedics, ENT, lower and upper GI general surgery, and obstetrics, among others.

Abbas has experience in all three primary areas where an ODP would practice - anaesthesia, surgery, and recovery - with a focus in anaesthesia practice within which he has further developed a subspecialty interest in difficult airway management.

During the course of his clinical career, Abbas has extended his scope of practice through further training and has undertaken preoperative cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET/CPEX) to support colorectal cancer surgery and major vascular surgery services.

Research interests

Abbas is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Education, and is interested in developing research in the future in the following areas:

  • Holographic simulation for training healthcare professionals
  • 3D printing medical equipment
  • Student learning styles
  • Inequalities in access to healthcare
  • Global perspectives on best practice in perioperative care

BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice


Diploma of Higher Education, Operating Department Practice

Memberships, editorial boards
  • Difficult Airway Society
  • Affiliate member, Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Health & Care Professions Council
  • The Royal Institution
  • The Association for Perioperative Practice
Recent presentations and conferences

Ratansi, A., Chan, E., 2015. Difficult Airway Training – Don’t Forget the Intensive Care Nurse. The World Airway Management Meeting, Dublin, 11-14 November.