oa South African Family Practice - Emergence issues - not so simple : review

Volume 56, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Emergence from anaesthesia is by definition the process of return to baseline physiological function of all organ systems after cessation of administration of general anaesthesia and is the stage from general anaesthetic that includes a return to spontaneous breathing, voluntary swallowing and normal consciousness. It is a time of great physiological stress for many patients and should ideally happen smoothly in a controlled environment but, unfortunately, can happen on the way to the recovery room.

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