Anaesthetic and Perioperative Complications dissects the nature of complications and helps anaesthetists and anaesthetic practitioners understand, avoid and manage them efficiently. Leading experts combine the detailed clinical management of common and important anaesthetic and perioperative complications with discussion of the key philosophical, ethical and medico-legal issues that arise with assessing a medical complication. Initial chapters discuss how and why complications occur, the prevention of complications and risk management. The main body of the text reviews the clinical management of airway, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, psychological, endocrine, hepatic, renal and transfusion-related complications, as well as injury during anaesthesia, complications related to regional and obstetric anaesthesia, drug reactions, equipment malfunction and post-operative management of complications. Each chapter contains sample cases of complications and medical errors, giving clinical scenario, outcomes and recommendations for improved management. This is an important practical and clinical text for all anaesthetists and anaesthetic practitioners, both trained and trainees.
Preface; Foreword; Part I. Generic Aspects of Complications: 1. Preventing complications Jane Sturgess; 2. Managing complications Kamen Valchanov; 3. Risk management Mark Dougherty and Stephen T. Webb; Part II. Clinical Aspects of Complications: 4. Airway complications during anaesthesia Nick Woodall and Helen Goddard; 5. Respiratory complications Andrew Roscoe and Hamish Thomson; 6. Cardiovascular complications Victoria Howell and Joseph E. Arrowsmith; 7. Complications of blood products and fluid infusions Dafydd Thomas and Tom Holmes; 8. Complications during obstetric anaesthesia Felicity Plaat and Matt Wikner; 9. Perioperative neurological complications Nick Lees and Andrew A. Klein; 10. Hepatic, renal and endocrine complications A. J. Varley and F. J. Gilder; 11. Injury during anaesthesia David Bogod and Kasia Szypula; 12. Regional anaesthesia complications T. M. Cook and M. Coupe; 13. Body temperature complications John Andrzejowski and James Hoyle; 14. Equipment malfunction Rajinikanth Sundararajan and Peter Faber; 15. Drug reactions A. Kavanagh and M. Shields; 16. Management of post-operative complications Benias Mugabe and Saxon Ridley; Part III. Ethical and Medico-Legal Complications: 17. Before complications occur: assessing, balancing and explaining risk Derek Duane; 18. After complications occur: explaining complications and outcome, allocating blame, implications for the hospital and the anaesthetist A. Hutchinson and C. Bates; 19. Risk factors for litigation M. D. D. Bell; 20. Management of complaints and litigation in the UK Jane Sturgess and Sam Bass; 21. The role of the expert witness J. Nortje; Index.