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ANAESTHESIA ISSUES IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

  • Choose suitable anaesthetic technique that best fits
      - Patient’s condition
      - Surgeon’s needs
      - Your own experience, skill
  • Most cases are full-stomach emergencies; general anaesthesia will normally require protection of lungs with tracheal tube
  • Seeing stomach contents in the unprotected airway of an unconscious patient is probably the worst thing that can happen in the practice of anaesthesia
  • Do not let this happen to you!
  • Where facilities for anaesthesia are limited, ventilators often do not have alarms warning of disconnection
  • Trained, experienced anaesthetists are not available
  • Emergency surgery under general anaesthesia in these conditions is safer when performed with patient breathing spontaneously
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