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Cardiac anaesthesia 

Cardiac anaesthesia
Cardiac anaesthesia

Jeremy Prout

, Tanya Jones

, and Daniel Martin

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date: 13 April 2021

This chapter, written by Anaesthetists from the Heart Hospital, describes the general principles in cardiac anaesthesia. Patient pre-assessment, perioperative monitoring, management of anticoagulation, methods of patient cooling and rewarming, cardiopulmonary bypass and postoperative complications such as tamponade and neurological dysfunction are all discussed in detail. The principles of intra-aortic balloon pump counterpulsation with indications and practical aspects of use are included. The principles of providing anaesthesia for the adult patient with congenital heart disease follow a description of the physiological considerations in these patients.

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