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J Perianesth Nurs. 1999 Apr;14(2):82-90.

Anesthetic implications of illicit drug use.

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  • 1Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


Individuals who abuse illicit drugs have an increased incidence of traumatic injury, medical illness, and drug overdose. Subsequently, many of these drug abusers will require perianesthesia care. The health care professionals responsible for their care must have an understanding of the prevalence, the pharmacology, and medical complications of illicit drug use, including the potential interactions with anesthetic agents.

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