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dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, J.-
dc.contributor.authorHelps, S.-
dc.contributor.authorWesthorpe, R.-
dc.contributor.authorMackay, P.-
dc.identifier.citationBMJ Quality and Safety, 2005; 14(3):e17WWW1-e17WWW5-
dc.description© 2005 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.-
dc.description.abstractObjectives: To examine the role of a previously described core algorithm "COVER ABCD–A SWIFT CHECK" supplemented by a specific sub-algorithm for embolism, in the management of embolism occurring in association with anaesthesia. Methods: The potential performance of this structured approach for each of the relevant incidents among the first 4000 reported to the Australian Incident Monitoring Study (AIMS) was compared with the actual management as reported by the anaesthetists involved. Results: Among the first 4000 incidents reported to AIMS, 38 reports of embolism were found. A sudden fall in end-tidal carbon dioxide and oxygen saturation were the cardinal signs of embolism, each occurring in about two thirds of cases, with hypotension and electrocardiographic changes each occurring in about one third of cases. Conclusion: The potential value of an explicit structured approach to the diagnosis and management of embolism was assessed in the light of AIMS reports. It was considered that, correctly applied, it potentially would have led to earlier recognition of the problem and/or better management in over 40% of cases.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityJ A Williamson, S C Helps, R N Westhorpe, P Mackay-
dc.publisherBritish Med Journal Publ Group-
dc.subjectanaesthesia complications-
dc.subjectcrisis management-
dc.subjectgas embolism-
dc.subjectair embolism-
dc.subjectamniotic fluid-
dc.titleCrisis management during anaesthesia: embolism-
dc.typeJournal article-
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