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course of general anaesthesia

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General anaesthesia is divided up into several sequential stages:

  • premedication
  • induction
  • airway control with or without intubation
  • maintenance
  • reversal
  • recovery
  • postoperative management

All anaesthesia should be carried out by competent staff in well-lit, warm side-room and theatre. Full resuscitative facilities should be present, equipment should be checked before every case, and basic facilities should be at hand, e.g. a full range of non-expired drugs and the ability to give 100% oxygen. Post-operatively, the anaesthetist usually advises the continuing team about fluid balance and analgesia.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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