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Mode of anaesthetic for category 1 caesarean sections and neonatal outcomes.
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PMID:  22676478     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Birth by emergency caesarean section (CS) is common and often considered urgent (category 1). In the UK, over half of all category 1 CS are performed under general anaesthesia (GA). In this setting, little is known about the effect of the mode of anaesthesia on the neonate. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed using routinely collected de-identified data from Mater Health Services, Brisbane, Australia. The data set included 533 term babies born by category 1 CS for presumed fetal compromise between 2008 and 2011. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were undertaken. RESULTS: The outcomes of 81 babies born by GA CS were compared with 452 by CS under regional anaesthesia (RA). Compared with a category 1 CS under RA, the decision-to-delivery interval for a GA CS was almost eight minutes faster (24.7 vs 32.6 minutes; P < 0.001). When adjusted for confounders, babies born by category 1 GA CS were significantly more likely to have an Apgar score < 7 at five minutes (aOR 6.89; 95%CI 1.79-26.55; P = 0.005), to require Neopuff or bag/mask ventilation for > 60 seconds (aOR 2.34; 95%CI 1.13-4.84; P = 0.022) and to be admitted to a neonatal intensive care nursery (aOR 2.24; 95%CI 1.16-4.31; P = 0.016). CONCLUSIONS: General anaesthesia was associated with short-term neonatal morbidity of term babies born by category 1 CS for presumed fetal compromise, despite enabling a more rapid delivery of the baby. These data should help inform the discussion between anaesthetist and obstetrician, in balancing the risks and benefits of the mode of anaesthesia.
Michael Beckmann; Susan Calderbank
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1479-828X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0001027     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors ANZJOG © 2012 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mater Health Services, Queensland, Australia; Mater Medical Research Institute, Queensland, Australia.
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