Complications of Regional Anesthesia 2nd Edition PDF
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In 1999, Churchill Livingstone published, what I thought was the first text on Complications of Regional Anesthesia. I was subsequently reminded by David C. Moore that Charles C. Thomas published a book with an indentical title in 1955. Dr. Moore generously forgave me for this oversight and provided me with a signed copy of his book which I will always treasure. By the time this edition is complete, eight years will have elapsed since my first edition, and there have been some interesting new developments in regional anesthesia in the intervening period.
What is new about this edition? The contents is expanded by approximately 20% and includes four new chapters along with updating of all the existing ones. The chapter on central neural blockade has been split into two separate chapters, Complications Associated with Spinal Anesthesia and Complications of Epidural Anesthesia and I have included a new chapter on prevention, Avoiding Complication of Regional Anesthesia. The final chapter is entitled Medicolegal Aspects of Regional Anesthesia and is quite a provocative treatise on this important topic. Once again I have made an effort to invite individuals from all over the world to be part of the volume, and my success in that goal is in part highlighted by the inclusion of a dedicated chapter, International Morbidity Studies on Regional Anesthesia. This section features the perspective of authors from Canada, the United States, Scandinavia, and France.
Reflecting our primary goal as clinicians, the most consistent theme throughout the book is prevention of complications (most of which can be anticipated) and ensuring the highest quality patient care. We, the authors of the chapters, have stressed the importance of proper patient selection, thorough preoperative evaluation, meticulous attention to sterile technique, and careful, deliberate handling of the needle. We emphasized the importance of knowing when to stop. We stressed the importance of patient comfort. The purpose of the exercise of regional anesthesia is defeated if, in the process of performing these techniques, the patient is injured.
In a book of this nature, repetition is difficult to avoid; however, in the process of editing this text I did my best to minimize duplication. Even when there was repetition, the various contributors stressed different aspects of the topics presented. The book is extensively referenced and quite inclusive and up to date. It is my hope that the text will be found extremely useful, and I always welcome the constructive feedback of my colleagues.
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