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Anaesthesia for major abdominal surgery in the elderly

Chris Dodds, Chandra M. Kumar and Frédérique Servin

in Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234622
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199234622.003.0008

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Anaesthesia for major abdominal surgery in the elderly

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Emergency abdominal surgery is the highest risk for mortality in the elderly.

Assessment of dehydration is imperative.

Direct (intra-arterial) monitoring of blood pressure is necessary.

Effective analgesia improves outcome.

Only experienced anaesthetists should manage emergency abdominal surgical cases.

Not all abdominal pain is surgically treatable.

Fluid losses are very common and may be difficult to measure.

Temperature loss is universal.

Nitrous oxide causes bowel distension and should be avoided.

Chapter.  3485 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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