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Agents used for intravenous induction of anaesthesia

Abstract

The term ‘intravenous anaesthesia’ has become ambiguous, because except for short outpatient or surgery procedures, it is unusual nowadays for general anaesthesia to be produced by means of either a gas or an intravenous injection alone. Because other drugs are also used as adjuncts, difficulties of terminology may arise. For instance, should the nitrous oxide/oxygen/curare technique be described as an inhalation, intravenous or combined technique? An attempt is made to avoid such difficulties in the title of this article.

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