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Anaesthesia, sedation and analgesia of the critical patient

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Abstract

Critically ill patients routinely require either anaesthesia or sedation in order to facilitate diagnosis or treatment. This chapter reviews the approach to anaesthesia, sedation and analgesia of critically ill patients; with detailed information on indications and contraindications for many commonly used drugs.

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21.12 Example of an anaesthesia record.
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21.13 Infrared heat lamp, used when heating devices that require direct contact with the patient cannot be used because of the surgical field.
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21.15 Septic dog under general anaesthesia being monitored via ECG, Doppler (blood pressure), O and end-tidal gases.
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21.16 NiCOcardiac output monitor (Respironics, Carlsbad, CA, USA).
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21.18 Obese cat: analgesia should be based on the estimated lean body mass.
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21.19 Typical posture and facial expression in a painful cat.
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21.20 Dog in ICU receiving appropriate care in order to minimize stress and discomfort (padding, urinary catheter, dry and warm bedding).
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21.22 Oral administration of buprenorphine in a cat.
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21.24 Wound infusion catheter placed in a dog for the administration of local anaesthetic drugs in the postoperative period.
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21.25 Fentanyl patches placed on a dog.

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