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Patients who smoke cigarettes suffer increased postoperative morbidity. A prospective, controlled trial was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of written pre-operative advice to stop smoking before admission for elective surgery and to record the duration of abstinence immediately before the operation. Although the advice was ineffective in persuading(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to determine safety and feasibility of conscious sedation using dexmedetomidine for transcatheter atrial septal defect (ASD) device closure. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective institutional review of transcatheter ASD device closure without endotracheal intubation over 18 months. The protocol included topical(More)
CONTEXT Electrical cardioversion is a short painful procedure to regain normal sinus rhythm requiring anaesthesia for haemodynamic stability, sedation, analgesia and early recovery. AIMS To compare propofol and etomidate as sedatives during cardioversion. SETTINGS AND DESIGN Single centred, prospective and randomized single blind study comprising 60(More)
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