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Practical conduct of anaesthesia and the anaesthetic environment 

Practical conduct of anaesthesia and the anaesthetic environment
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Practical conduct of anaesthesia and the anaesthetic environment
Author(s):

Mark Bellamy

and Michel Struys

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199233953.003.0008
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date: 17 October 2017

• 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.

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