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Supplementary Oxygen Administration During Regional Anaesthesia for LSCS - Is It Justified?

Author(s): Dr. Sunanda Gupta

Journal: Indian Anaesthetists' Forum
ISSN 0973-0311

Volume: 5;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: caesarean | Regional Anaesthesia | Oxygen

Maternal oxygen supplementation during regional anaesthesia for caesarean section has been routinely practiced for many years. It was Crawford who advocated the ?use of maternal oxygen therapy until the time of delivery? in the 1984 edition of his book on obstetric anaesthesia. This opinion of Crawford established the practice of supplementing oxygen in all elective caesarean sections (1), the basic aim being to prevent maternal haemoglobin desaturation and improve maternal and neonatal oxygenation and overall neonatal outcome.
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