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Br J Anaesth. 1996 May;76(5):680-4.

Failed intubation revisited: 17-yr experience in a teaching maternity unit.

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Department of Anaesthesia, St James's University Hospital, Leeds.


We have reviewed 5802 Caesarean sections performed during general anaesthesia. Our use of general anaesthesia had decreased from 83% in 1981 to 23% in 1994. Despite this, the incidence of failed intubation has increased from 1 in 1984 to 1 in 250 in 1994. The problems associated with general anaesthesia in the obstetric population are increasing. Asians and African/Afrocaribbeans were represented disproportionately because of the increased use of general anaesthesia in these patients. Exposure of trainees to obstetric general anaesthetics has decreased by one-third.

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