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Basic principles of obstetric anaesthesia

Dermot Nicolson and Rachel Collis

in Obstetric Anaesthesia for Developing Countries

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199572144
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607488 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199572144.003.0005

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Basic principles of obstetric anaesthesia

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• A pregnant woman is at increased risk of regurgitation and aspiration, especially if general anaesthesia is performed • Antacids must be administered to high risk women in labour and prior to emergency or elective caesarean section (CS) • Pregnant women should never lie completely supine • Aorto-caval compression can be minimized by placing the mother in 15° left lateral tilt during CS • The choice of anaesthetic technique is dependent on the urgency of delivery, maternal well-being and the mother’s wishes.

Chapter.  1074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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