Obstructive sleep apnoea and anaesthesia

Anaesthesia & intensive care medicine, 06/28/2011

Venn PJH et al.– Difficulty with intubation is common, and airway obstruction may occur under anaesthesia if opioid and sedative drugs are used without caution. Many patients also suffer from acid reflux, which may complicate induction of anaesthesia. A plan for difficult airway management is essential, and consideration should be given to carrying out an awake intubation under topical anaesthesia of the upper airway. Knowledge of treatment with nasal continuous positive airway pressure is necessary, and all staff involved should be experienced in the management of such patients during the perioperative period.

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