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Managing complications 

Managing complications
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Managing complications
Author(s):

Mark Skues

and Sarah Lloyd

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199584338.003.0010
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date: 17 January 2020

Introduction 148

Postoperative nausea and vomiting 150

Dizziness 156

Post-discharge complications 158

Complications which elsewhere might be considered relatively minor can have a significant impact on the quality of patient recovery and, ultimately, the success of day surgery. Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) remains the most common of these, but dizziness, drowsiness, and headache can also compromise the quality of recovery. While many of these complications are not entirely preventable, their incidence and severity are very much influenced by details of the anaesthetic technique chosen and the skill with which it is delivered. The choice of analgesia also has a significant impact on postoperative complications and so this chapter should be read in conjunction with ...

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