Anaphylaxis and anaesthesia
Keywords: anaesthesia, anaphylaxis
AbstractAnaphylaxis is defined as ‘a severe life-threatening, generalised or systemic hypersensitivity reaction’.1 The recent 6th National Audit Project (NAP6) in the United Kingdom (UK) defined perioperative anaphylaxis as ‘anaphylaxis which occurs in patients undergoing a procedure requiring general or regional anaesthesia or sedation or managed anaesthesia care (anaesthesia monitoring only) under the care of an anaesthetist between the period of first administration of a drug (including premedication) and the post-procedure transfer to a ward, or critical care’.2 This short narrative review will discuss the recent NAP6 results in the context of current knowledge, as relevant to the South African anaesthetist.
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