Emergency Anesthesia in Resource-Limited Areas

Seung Lee, Azuka Onye, Asad Latif

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Abstract

Anesthesia providers play a critical role in the gap between unmet surgical need and access to safe surgical care. Providers from high-income countries can help fill this gap, particularly during crises, but it is critical to provide care responsibly and ethically. Most unmet surgical need is in low-income and middle-income countries where limited infrastructural, human, and material resources pose significant challenges. Anesthesia providers must recognize these difficulties as they apply to the local context and plan accordingly. This article outlines some of the unique issues and provides a framework of considerations for safe and responsible anesthesia delivery in resource-limited areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-230
Number of pages18
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

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Keywords

  • Disaster settings
  • Emergency anesthesia
  • Global anesthesia
  • Global surgery
  • Resource-limited settings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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