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Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol. 2005 Sep;19(3):475-84.

Balanced anaesthesia today.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Schwanenweg 2 , Kiel D-24 105, Germany. tonner@anaesthesie.uni-kiel.de

Abstract

An 'ideal' anaesthetic can be approached by using a combination of different compounds. A variety of anaesthetic techniques has been described to ensure safe administration and an early recovery with high patient satisfaction. In particular, the inhalational anaesthetics desflurane and sevoflurane, with their rapid pharmacokinetics, re-established the notion of balanced anaesthesia as an equivalent, well-controllable technique. With the choice of anaesthetics and anaesthetic adjuvants clinically available today, especially the combination of a volatile anaesthetic with a short-acting opioid, balanced anaesthesia represents a big step towards an ideal anaesthetic.

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