Letter: Safe anaesthetics
Wednesday 21 October 1998
In the United Kingdom, we pride ourselves that when a patient is rendered unconscious, their protective reflexes impaired, their own control of blood pressure impeded and their ability to breathe restricted or abolished by a concoction of more or less toxic chemicals (or general anaesthesia to give it its technical term), the patient is always cared for by a doctor. All anaesthetists in the UK are fully qualified doctors first and foremost; not all doctors are qualified to administer and monitor anaesthesia.
Dr NEIL YARDY
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