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Awake videolaryngoscopy may be useful for the tracheal intubation of the morbidly obese. This prospective, observational study enrolled 50 patients undergoing bariatric surgery. After sedation and topical anaesthesia of the airway, awake tracheal intubation was attempted, assisted by videolaryngoscopy, and terminated if there was severe gagging, coughing,(More)
Pressure waveform analysis provides a reliable confirmatory adjunct to the loss-of-resistance technique to identify the epidural space during thoracic epidural anaesthesia, but its role remains controversial in lumbar epidural analgesia during labour. We performed an observational study in 100 labouring women of the sensitivity and specificity of waveform(More)
The increasing utilisation of the videolaryngoscope for awake tracheal intubation requires development and assessment of methods to decrease the gag reflex. We hypothesised that chewing gauze soaked with lidocaine would decrease the gag reflex during awake videolaryngoscope tracheal intubation. Twenty four morbidly obese patients assessed as having a(More)
BACKGROUND Individual parturients experience pain differently, and it is unknown how these differences affect their requirements for labor analgesics. MATERIALS AND METHODS Cuff algometry of the upper limb was used to determine the pain thresholds and temporal summation of pain scores in nulliparous women about to undergo induction of labor. Analgesia was(More)
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