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Basic principles of obstetric anaesthesia 

Basic principles of obstetric anaesthesia
Basic principles of obstetric anaesthesia

Dermot Nicolson

and Rachel Collis

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date: 08 August 2020

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.

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