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Anaesthesia for major abdominal surgery 

Anaesthesia for major abdominal surgery
Anaesthesia for major abdominal surgery

MC Bellamy

and S Flood

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date: 17 January 2021

Chapter 14 covers anaesthesia for major abdominal surgery, an important component of elective and emergency anaesthesia. In addition to the common challenges of all major surgery it involves managing patients at risk of aspiration, large intraoperative fluid shifts, painful incisions, and postoperative gut functional impairment. In selecting only ten landmark papers in anaesthesia for major abdominal surgery, we were in many ways spoilt for choice. We aimed to include a spectrum of papers from those that have changed clinical practice on the grounds of very little evidence to those well-conducted studies, with large patient numbers, which have so far failed to influence modern anaesthesia. The papers we have chosen cover the important topics of preoperative assessment and optimization, intraoperative fluid administration, and several aspects of postoperative management.

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