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Prehospital anaesthesia in the UK: position statement on behalf of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care
  1. David Lockey1,
  2. Keith Porter2
  1. 1Consultant Anaesthetist, London, HEMS, UK
  2. 2Professor of Clinical Traumatology, University Hospital Birmingham; Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care
  1. Correspondence to:
 ProfessorK 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 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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  • Competing interests: None declared.