Monday, December 10, 2007

Developing Anaesthesia Textbook 2007

The word anaesthesia is derived from the Greek language, meaning “without sensation”.Modern anaesthesia is safe. In countries that have extensive anaesthetic resources, the risk of dying is one in 100,000 to 500,000. The risk of death has decreased to one-tenth of what it was thirty years ago. Safety has improved with better knowledge of pharmacology and physiology, and advances in drugs, investigations, monitoring and education. The complexity and expense of providing anaesthesia has escalated.
When resources (personnel, equipment, drugs and funding) are limited, an anaesthetist with good clinical skills and a thorough knowledge of physiology, pharmacology, equipment and how disease will affect the patient, can provide safe and effective anaesthesia.
All anaesthetists must pay careful attention to detail. There must be thorough preoperative assessment and planning for anaesthesia. The anaesthetist should anticipate problems and have a secondary anaesthetic plan to deal with these problems. They must also be well trained in treating unanticipated emergencies.

Book details:
Author:Pescod, David,
Publisher:Ashburton, Vic. : J.L. Publications, 2006.


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