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Following up day case anaesthesia in general practice

Abstract

Many patients now have surgery as day cases, being admitted and discharged from hospital on the day of the operation; most have a general anaesthestic (GA). Serious complications are rare if day case surgery is confined to short, minor procedures in fit patients. However, both the patient and the GP need to be aware of the complications of anaesthesia which may arise after discharge from hospital. A future article will discuss other aspects of day case surgery.

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