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Perioperative managment of the morbidly obese patient

Milton, Sherran 2007. Perioperative managment of the morbidly obese patient. [Working Paper]. AAGBI. Available at:

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All trained anaesthetists should be competent in the management of morbidly obese patients and familiar with the equipment and protocols in the hospitals in which they work. All patients should have their height and weight recorded. Where possible this should be measured rather than relying on the patient’s estimate. The Body Mass Index (BMI) should be calculated and recorded. Although BMI is not an ideal measure of risk, it is the most useful of the currently available markers and is a simple measure to apply. Every hospital should have a named consultant anaesthetist and a named theatre team member who will ensure that appropriate equipment and processes are in place for the peri-operative management of morbidly obese patients.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Additional Information: Guidelines
Publisher: AAGBI
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:03

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