Obstetric Anaesthesia

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Paul Clyburn, Rachel Collis, Sarah Harries, Stuart Davies
Oxford University Press, 2008 - Medical - 682 pages
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This handbook covers all aspects of obstetric anaesthesia the trainee anaesthetist will encounter when on the labour ward, and its accessible style makes it essential reading for other members of the labour ward team. Broken down into topics, with bullet points, boxes and quick-reference clinical information throughout, this is an invaluable text for anyone involved in this challenging subspecialty area.

In addition to conventional chapters covering maternal physiology, pathophysiology, and obstetric regional and general anaesthetic techniques, there is practical and useful advice on how to survive on the labour ward and anticipate potential problems. A chapter is dedicated to the important and often neglected area of the antenatal identification and preparation of mothers with potential for anaesthetic problems during childbirth Postnatal review of the mothers who have received attention from the anaesthetist during labour is also comprehensively covered.

There is practical advice on caring for the sick mother suffering major hemorrhage, hypertensive and embolic diseases, and a chapter devoted to managing the collapsed and compromised parturient.

The final section is a comprehensive and easily navigated A-Z of the less common conditions encountered in mothers on the delivery ward including references for further reading.

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Dr Stuart Davies has been a Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia in Swansea NHS Trust since 1995, prior to which he was in the same position at Neath General Hospital (1991 - 1995). He was Lead Clinician in Anaesthesia at Singleton Hospital, Swansea (2001-2006) and has been Clinical Director of Anaesthesia for Swansea NHS Trust since 2006. Dr Sarah Harries was appointed Consultant Anaesthetist with a special interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia at the University Hospital of Wales in 2002. She is currently Lead Clinician for Acute Pain Management in Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, and Deputy Programme Director for the Welsh School of Anaesthesia. Previous positions include Chairman of the Group of Anaesthetists in Training (GAT) 2001-2003, and Council member of the Association of Anaesthetists GB and Ireland and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Dr Paul Clyburn has been a Consultant Obstetric Anaesthetist since 1990, and has held positions within local departments including College Tutor and Clinical Director. He was Deputy Regional Advisor for Wales 1996-2001 and has been a FRCA examiner since 1996. He has been Editor of the journal 'Anaesthesia' since 1999, and has co-authored 'Core Cases in Obstetric Anaesthesia'.

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