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Prehospital anaesthesia in the UK: position statement
  1. David Lockey,
  2. Keith Porter
  1. Faculty of Pre-hospital Care
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrK Porter
 University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, Selly Oak Hospital, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6JD, UK;keith.porter{at}


Prehospital anaesthesia is carried out regularly by a small number of prehospital care practitioners in the UK. Although mostly predictable, prehospital disorders can be more difficult than those in hospital, and, in addition, peer and skilled anaesthetic assistance is usually not available. Hence, patient safety should be given 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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