“Lipid Rescue:” An advance in the treatment of local anaesthetic toxicity

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The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) has just issued a guidance laminate to all its 10000 members on treatment of severe local anaesthetic toxicity, including cardiac arrest. Because surgeons sometimes administer local anaesthetics in the absence of an anaesthetist, and since local anaesthetics can cause severe and even fatal toxicity, surgeons may have an interest in these guidelines. In the event of a disaster, surgeons will usually be able to find an anaesthetist somewhere nearby. However, this is not always the case. If the US trend towards “office based” surgical practice is followed in the UK, surgeons may more often find themselves administering local anaesthetics with no anaesthetist anywhere nearby

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