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Congenital heart disease (CHD) occurs in approximately 8:1,000 live births and may be associated with recognizable syndromes or chromosomal abnormalities in 25% of cases. Abnormalities are often complex, affecting structure and function. Surgery may be corrective or palliative and can be staged. Over half of these operations occur in the first year of life. The timing of surgery is dictated by the severity of the lesion, the need to avoid the development of pulmonary vascular disease or the complications of cyanotic heart disease.
This book covers all of the important elements of paediatric anaesthesia in a concise and structured manner. From the premature infant to the teenager, readers are guided through the complexities they may encounter, with key points at the end of each chapter to summarise the most important information. The common surgical conditions encountered in daily practice are covered along with comprehensive discussion of consent and the law, safeguarding children, and the complexity of drug dosing in the paediatric population. Other topics covered include trauma, burns, resuscitation, principles of intensive care, and transporting a sick child. Each chapter is written by an acknowledged expert in their field, sharing a wealth of relevant, practical experience. Covering the whole curriculum necessary for advanced training, this is essential reading for trainees, general anaesthetists managing children in non-specialist hospitals and anyone aspiring to become a paediatric anaesthetist, as well as those established in the field.