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[Anaesthetic-related complications of caesarean section].
Zentralbl Gynakol. 2005 Apr; 127(2):91-5.ZG

Abstract

In spite of an increase in the number of caesarean sections, the incidence of anaesthetic-related complications remains low. This is due primarily to the increasing use of regional anaesthesia (spinal and or epidural anaesthesia) as general anaesthesia is associated with a 17-fold increase in complications, in particular failed endotracheal intubation, aspiration of gastric contents and hypoxia. It is most important that all obstetric patients deemed at risk for general anaesthesia (e. g. morbidly obese, hypertension, placenta praevia) should be identified as such by the obstetricians and referred to the anaesthetic department at an early stage. Furthermore there should be common procedural guidelines to define the degree of urgency of caesarean section as most anaesthetic complications occur during "emergency" cases under general anaesthesia. Many of these so-called emergency cases are not real emergencies and could be equally well performed under regional anaesthesia. A continuing audit of maternal deaths in Germany should be established along similar lines to the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom. Most importantly, the increasing use of regional anaesthesia should be propagated as its use in Germany still lies well behind other countries such as Switzerland, the USA and the United Kingdom.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Abteilung für Anästhesiologie und Operative Intensivmedizin, Städtisches Krankenhaus Köln-Holweide, Kliniken der Stadt Köln gGmbH, Köln. lynchj@kliniken-koeln.deNo affiliation info available

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English Abstract
Journal Article
Review

Language

ger

PubMed ID

15800840

Citation

Lynch, J, and S Scholz. "[Anaesthetic-related Complications of Caesarean Section]." Zentralblatt Fur Gynakologie, vol. 127, no. 2, 2005, pp. 91-5.
Lynch J, Scholz S. [Anaesthetic-related complications of caesarean section]. Zentralbl Gynakol. 2005;127(2):91-5.
Lynch, J., & Scholz, S. (2005). [Anaesthetic-related complications of caesarean section]. Zentralblatt Fur Gynakologie, 127(2), 91-5.
Lynch J, Scholz S. [Anaesthetic-related Complications of Caesarean Section]. Zentralbl Gynakol. 2005;127(2):91-5. PubMed PMID: 15800840.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Anaesthetic-related complications of caesarean section]. AU - Lynch,J, AU - Scholz,S, PY - 2005/4/1/pubmed PY - 2005/7/7/medline PY - 2005/4/1/entrez SP - 91 EP - 5 JF - Zentralblatt fur Gynakologie JO - Zentralbl Gynakol VL - 127 IS - 2 N2 - In spite of an increase in the number of caesarean sections, the incidence of anaesthetic-related complications remains low. This is due primarily to the increasing use of regional anaesthesia (spinal and or epidural anaesthesia) as general anaesthesia is associated with a 17-fold increase in complications, in particular failed endotracheal intubation, aspiration of gastric contents and hypoxia. It is most important that all obstetric patients deemed at risk for general anaesthesia (e. g. morbidly obese, hypertension, placenta praevia) should be identified as such by the obstetricians and referred to the anaesthetic department at an early stage. Furthermore there should be common procedural guidelines to define the degree of urgency of caesarean section as most anaesthetic complications occur during "emergency" cases under general anaesthesia. Many of these so-called emergency cases are not real emergencies and could be equally well performed under regional anaesthesia. A continuing audit of maternal deaths in Germany should be established along similar lines to the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom. Most importantly, the increasing use of regional anaesthesia should be propagated as its use in Germany still lies well behind other countries such as Switzerland, the USA and the United Kingdom. SN - 0044-4197 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15800840/[Anaesthetic_related_complications_of_caesarean_section]_ L2 - http://www.thieme-connect.com/DOI/DOI?10.1055/s-2005-836335 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -