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Smoker desaturation during general anaesthesia: a case report

Mohamed, Abdul Hadi and Md Ralib, Azrina and Abdullah, Nor Zamzila and Osman, Ariff (2009) Smoker desaturation during general anaesthesia: a case report. International Medical Journal Malaysia, 8 (1). pp. 61-63. ISSN 1823-4631

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Abstract

We report a case of sudden hypoxaemia after intubation in a patient who had smoked a few hours prior to a surgical procedure. The cause of his desaturation was not related to bronchial secretions, bronchospasm or obstruction of the upper airways but most likely due to reduced oxygen saturation in the body prior to surgery. We managed to secure the airway and prevent prolonged desaturation by instituting remedial measures. Our conclusion is that cessation of smoking is very important and need to be emphasized in all patients having surgery under general anaesthesia. This applies to emergency cases as well.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3439/1123
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smoking, General anaesthesia, Desaturation
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Anaesthesiology & Intensive Care
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Basic Medical
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Hadi Mohamed
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 12:25
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2014 11:23
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/1123

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