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Preoperative considerations

Matthew Checketts

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/9780199586691.003.0009

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Anaesthesia

Preoperative considerations

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Regional anaesthesia, when skilfully administered, is a hugely satisfying experience for the patient, anaesthetist, and surgeon. It provides comfort for the patient, both during and after surgery, with little or no systemic upset, professional satisfaction for the anaesthetist, and, very often, better operating conditions for the surgeon. However, success depends crucially upon the skill and knowledge of the anaesthetist. Meticulous attention to detail is essential: the patient, the operation, and the surgeon must all be taken into consideration when planning each phase of care. Many factors have to be considered, including the patient’s general health, the nature, site, and duration of the intended surgery, and the availability of appropriate equipment and facilities.

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Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Peri-operative Care

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