Chapter

The potential benefits

Nick Scott

in Principles and Practice of Regional Anaesthesia

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586691
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191755507 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199586691.003.0003

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Anaesthesia

The potential benefits

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Local and regional techniques have much to offer patients and practitioners. The benefits over general anaesthesia are self-evident in minor surgery, but as the operation becomes more major a more complex judgement needs to be made although the potential for benefit, as outlined throughout this chapter, is quite clear. As the use of regional methods for very major surgery has increased over the last 20-plus years many attempts have been made to ‘prove’ that these benefits translate into reductions in perioperative morbidity and mortality. The issues surrounding this aspect are considered in Chapter 5.

Chapter.  8853 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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