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Practical conduct of anaesthesia and the anaesthetic environment 

Practical conduct of anaesthesia and the anaesthetic environment
Practical conduct of anaesthesia and the anaesthetic environment

Mark Bellamy

and Michel Struys

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date: 24 October 2020

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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