Book Chapter

Anaesthetic considerations

M Ferguson, JG Hiller, B Riedel

Palliative Surgery | Published : 2014

Abstract

The provision of high-quality surgical palliative care requires a coordinated team approach, and in this context anaesthetists are valuable members of the perioperative palliative care team. In particular, the relief of suffering and distressing symptoms has been a core component of anaesthesia practice since its inception. Anaesthetists possess valuable skills important to the provision of perioperative care for patients undergoing palliative surgery. These include the ability to provide effective analgesia; to relieve symptoms of nausea, anxiety, and dyspnoea; and to stabilize perioperative physiological derangements in this vulnerable patient population. This chapter will review the core ..

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