Published on October 30th, 2012 | by Daniel Jolley

Anesthesia in pregnancy for non-obstetric surgery

This is an introduction to anesthesia in pregnancy for non-obstetric surgery, suitable for those with an intermediate level of anesthesia experience. This talk discusses the prevalence of pregnant women requiring surgery during their pregnancy; the most common types of pathology and surgery occurring during pregnancy; the diagnostic challenges of these; and finally the implications for the anaesthetist or anesthesiologist.

For a more in-depth review, Reitman & Flood’s 2011 BJA article ‘Anaesthetic considerations for non-obstetric surgery during pregnancy‘¬†provides a great overview.


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About the Author

is an Australian consultant anaesthetist/anesthesiologist, with interests in anaesthesia education, obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia, and the practice of anaesthesia in remote and under-resourced environments. Daniel trained in Sydney, Darwin and Melbourne, and has worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Fiji and Mongolia. He is one of the founders of along with Brad O'Connor.

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