Prehospital anaesthesia is carried out regularly by a small number of prehospital care practitioners in the UK. Although mostly predictable, prehospital procedures can be more difficult than those in hospital, and, in addition, peer and skilled anaesthetic assistance is usually not available. Patient safety is of paramount importance, and systems need to be in place to ensure that the highest standards are achieved.
- RSI, rapid sequence induction
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