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Anaesthesia and analgesia in obstetrics
Dr Liam McLoughlin BScMBBS FRCA, Dr Sofia Amiruddin MB ChB
Foundation Years Journal, volume 3, issue 3, p.71 (123Doc Education, London, April 2009)
Approximately 600,000 women give birth in England and Wales each year. Almost half of these (47%) give birth without intervention of any kind. Annually therefore, nearly one-third of a million women might require the services of an anaesthetist for delivery. According to the National Sentinel Caesarean Section Audit the overall Caesarean section rate for England and Wales was 21.5% . The remaining women will receive intrapartum regional analgesia or anaesthesia for post-partum complications such as manual removal of the placenta or post-partum haemorrhage.
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Dr Liam McLoughlin BScMBBS FRCA
Dr Sofia Amiruddin MB ChB
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