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General anaesthesia in accident and emergency departments.
  1. K F Teale,
  2. I R Selby,
  3. M R James
  1. Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Preston Hospital, UK.

    Abstract

    Potential problems with the provision of general anaesthesia in accident and emergency (A&E) departments were investigated by sending consultants in A&E a postal questionnaire asking for their views on the quality of the anaesthetic service available to their department. Of the 129 consultants replying, 31% had problems in obtaining an anaesthetist, 17% thought the first on-call anaesthetist was too inexperienced and 5% had experienced various other problems. Overall, 20% were unhappy with the service.

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