Nursing considerations for anaesthesia of the obese patient

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Obesity increases anaesthetic risk due to associated co morbidities. Obese patients present a unique set of considerations in the peri- anaesthetic period including drug administration, positioning, changes in monitoring and recovery. Management of stress is key in order to provide the most appropriate care in the pre and post anaesthetic phases. In general, they are likely to have reduced cardiovascular function and are at risk for hypoventilation. It may be prudent to have the patient complete a weight loss regime prior to anaesthesia for routine procedures to reduce anaesthetic risk.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVeterinary Nursing Journal
Early online date2 Sep 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Sep 2020


  • Nursing
  • Obesity
  • Anaesthesia
  • Hypoventilation
  • Cardiovascular


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