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Anaesthesia forms the largest single hospital medical speciality and the skills of anaesthetists are used in all aspects of patient care. While perioperative anaesthetic care of the surgical patient is at the core of speciality work, many anaesthetists have a much wider scope of practice which may include:
perioperative preparation of surgical patients
resuscitation stabilisation of patients in the emergency department
pain relief in labour and obstetric anaesthesia
intensive care medicine
transport of acutely ill and injured patients
pre-hospital emergency care
sedation and anaesthesia patients undergoing various procedures outside the operating theatre such as interventional radiology and dental surgery
In short anaesthetics is a varied and complex discipline.
This Practice Note will assist the reader in identifying the correct discipline of anaesthetist, using the medical notes to identify potential anaesthetic failings, investigating whether there are failings in the anaesthetic care, what injuries may have been caused by that failing, and the interaction of an anaesthetist's duty of care with that of other clinicians, most obviously that of the surgeon leading an operation. It will illustrate how anaesthesia input in the investigation can turn cases around and how to instruct experts.
When looking at anaesthetic records what practitioners need to examine is dictated by the nature of the care they are
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