Practical conduct of anaesthesia and the anaesthetic environment

Mark Bellamy and Michel Struys

in Anaesthesia for the Overweight and Obese Patient

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ISBN: 9780199233953
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607051 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Practical conduct of anaesthesia and the anaesthetic environment

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• Safe practical conduct of anaesthesia for the morbidly obese, whether by a regional or general anaesthetic technique, requires an appropriately equipped operating theatre or other anaesthetic environment. • Sufficient staff must be available throughout the anaesthetic period to assist with handling and positioning the patient. • A dedicated operating theatre, an equipment checklist, or ‘obesity pack’ may be extremely helpful in organising the clinical service. • Morbidly obese patients experience a high complication rate, so maximum notice is required so that staff of appropriate experience and seniority are in attendance.

Chapter.  4410 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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