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Int J Obstet Anesth. 2016 Aug;27:55-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ijoa.2016.02.007. Epub 2016 Feb 27.

The value of decision tree analysis in planning anaesthetic care in obstetrics.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK. Electronic address:
Public Health England, The West Wing, Victoria House, Capital Park, Fulbourn, Cambridge, UK.


The use of decision tree analysis is discussed in the context of the anaesthetic and obstetric management of a young pregnant woman with joint hypermobility syndrome with a history of insensitivity to local anaesthesia and a previous difficult intubation due to a tongue tumour. The multidisciplinary clinical decision process resulted in the woman being delivered without complication by elective caesarean section under general anaesthesia after an awake fibreoptic intubation. The decision process used is reviewed and compared retrospectively to a decision tree analytical approach. The benefits and limitations of using decision tree analysis are reviewed and its application in obstetric anaesthesia is discussed.


Caesarean section; Decision tree analysis; Difficult airway management; Joint hypermobility syndrome; Obstetric anaesthesia

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