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South African Dental Journal

On-line version ISSN 0375-1562
Print version ISSN 0011-8516


ROELOFSE, JA  and  LAPERE, C. Continuous education in procedural sedation: life-threatening airway obstruction and contributing perioperative patient factors. S. Afr. dent. j. [online]. 2017, vol.72, n.7, pp.331-333. ISSN 0375-1562.

More complex surgical procedures are increasingly offered to older patients with pre-existing disease. Perioperative patient care is at the cornerstone of the current trend in anaesthesia research. Sedation practitioners also have a role to play as intra-operative events can have an impact on long-term morbidity and mortality. A common respiratory emergency encountered during sedation is airway obstruction. Identifying the patient at risk of obstruction will greatly improve the levels of safety and care.

Keywords : perioperative care; airway obstruction; respiratory depression; laryngospasm; anaphylaxis.

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