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Chapter 30 - Anesthetic Emergencies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 May 2023

Alan David Kaye
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Richard D. Urman
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
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Many anesthetic emergencies can be avoided with constant vigilance. However, the most effective way to prevent an anesthetic emergency is through preparedness. Adopting a methodological approach to verifying drugs and dosages and ensuring that syringes are well labeled can prevent many emergencies. Preparedness is key because equipment will malfunction, difficult airways will be encountered, and emergencies will occur; however, multistep preparations can make all the difference during stressful situations. This chapter provides an overview of the intraoperative management of anesthetic emergencies, including a brief discussion of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) as it applies in the operating room, and a guide to assessing an unstable intraoperative patient, and concludes with a survey of various intraoperative emergencies [1].

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Print publication year: 2023

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